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

From: David Stocker
Subject: Re: LilyPond, Finale and Sibelius (was Review of Valentin's Opera)
Date: Thu, 02 Apr 2009 12:23:41 -0400
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I offer LilyPond engraving alongside output from Finale and Sibelius. None of my corporate clients ask for LilyPond, but I recommend it to them for classical engraving (of which I do very little). I have a handful of folks who take output from LilyPond.

David Stocker

Neil Thornock wrote:
In my experience, LilyPond *is* capable of producing scores of the
highest caliber.  However, I often spend so much time tweaking the
score to get it to look perfect that it really becomes a labor of
love.  I think until LilyPond is able to achieve that perfect type of
score with minimal effort, employers at firms that produce music
scores will rely on software that is more intuitive and gives quicker
results - they have to pay someone for their time to notate this
stuff.  Meanwhile, I am convinced LilyPond's output is capable of much
greater beauty than anything else out there...  but I frankly don't
think it will ever touch a very large user base (compared to

I am curious who out there is in a professional music-related position
that relies on Lilypond when Finale or Sibelius is also an option
provided by the employer.  I'm one.  Just curious who else.

For whatever it's worth.

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