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Re: Replacement suggestions for Century Schoolbook?

From: Eben Sorkin
Subject: Re: Replacement suggestions for Century Schoolbook?
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 16:46:04 -0500

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On Jan 7, 2013, at 4:23 PM, Werner LEMBERG wrote:

> [Vernon Adams and Eben Sorkin are two typographers who are actively
> designing lots of typefaces, Dave Crossland is a fabulous promoter of
> free font development.]
>> I'd like to collect some suggestion for a replacement font for
>> Century Schoolbook.
>> I created a style sheet for a certain kind of score that I need
>> regularely, namely classical voice-piano songs.  [...]  I am quite
>> pleased with the result (as you can see in
>> [...]
>> However, this visual appearance relies quite heavily on the use of a
>> non-free Adobe text font (Minion) - LilyPond's built in default
>> wouldn't work at all.  I don't have problems _using_ it for my own
>> work, but of course one can't base a tutorial on it.  And maybe I'd
>> be feeling even better if I found a free alternative for my own use.
>> What proved especially valuable is the presence of a semibold
>> condensed version of the font, which works very well for the lyrics,
>> making their spacing tight enough while at the same time fitting
>> well with the 'heavy' impression of the musical score.
>> So (to finally get to the point) I'd be happy about suggestions for
>> good free text fonts to use with LilyPond.  They should be well
>> equipped in terms of language support and have a good array of
>> weights and spacings.
> Vern, Eben, Dave, do you have suggestions?
> Besides a font with similar functionality as Minion, I would like to
> find a font which resembles the `classical' text font used about 100
> years ago in Germany for virtually all vocal scores (see attachment).
> Interestingly, I haven't seen a good replacement yet in *any*
> computer-typesetted score.
>    Werner
> <tito.jpg>

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