[scribus] Gregorian scores in Scribus

Pierre Couderc pierre at couderc.eu
Sat Nov 21 09:24:56 CET 2009

Well, we are speaking here of Gregorio, not Lilypond.
Gregorio is extremely simple : you can read the doc of the language : it
is a few pages.
Gregorio is more limited and more simple than Lilypond, but does well
what we ask it : Gregorian scores.
It is extremely efficient : you write scores very quickly.

And yes, it is a language, you must read the doc and understand it.
Music people know languages :  a score is a language.
You must learn the language, you need well a couple of hours for that...
So if you have less than a page to write, keep the pencil and the
Else read the doc and use Gregorio.
And there are no complex brackets : if you are able to read a normal 
score, you are able to create it with Gregorio.

For the question of GUI, yes, there is a graphic environment : Scribus.
With Scribus, Gregorio is in a graphic environment exactly at the same 
level as LaTeX or Lilypond in Scribus.
But there no other GUI available, even if some are in project.


> Just a quick music typesetting question... 
> Pierre, do you use a GUI front end for Lilypond? Four or five years ago I sweated entering some motets by Victoria and got so fed up with the lilypond punctuation, incomprehensible parsing messages, difficulties lining up syllables/melisma etc. that I went back to pencil and manuscript paper. I liked the output of Lilypond. Good typesetting does make sightreading easier, especially for older singers/players. You can read the note groups by "words" rather than by "letters".
> But ...
> I'm not a software engineer - I hate keeping track of nested blocks, angled brackets etc. - and the lilypond developers are well known for their dislike of GUIs. I see that good things have been done more recently with third party software that produces .ly output. Do you have experience of any front-ends?
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