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Re: LilyPond, Finale and Sibelius (was Review of Valentin's Opera)

From: Andrew Hawryluk
Subject: Re: LilyPond, Finale and Sibelius (was Review of Valentin's Opera)
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2009 21:53:34 -0600

On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 1:44 PM, Chris Snyder <address@hidden> wrote:
> Valentin Villenave wrote:
>> To me, note entry is much, much, much faster with LilyPond than with
>> Fin/Sib. (even using a MIDI keyboard -- which, by the way, is one of
>> the less enjoyable experiences I know of).
> I concur here. I am much faster with Lily than I suspect I ever could be
> with a graphical interface. It's so much more intuitive to me, and
> actually feels more musical - I have to think about the relationships
> between notes in a much more musical way, especially when dealing with
> multiple voices.

Since the topic came up, I just finished writing up some tests I did
on my own music entry speeds in each of three ways:
Finale MIDI input
LilyPond typing
LilyPond, with MIDI input for pitch names

The full report is at, but here's my
"At least for me, MIDI entry is much faster than typing the pitches
and durations myself. However, for all the other musical elements, I
can type them faster in LilyPond than I can enter them in Finale with
the mouse. By using MIDI input in LilyPond I am getting the best of
both worlds, and preliminary testing suggests that I am now faster in
LilyPond than in Finale."


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