Beethoven Symphony No. 5 - available on soundcloud

• Feb 22, 2010 - 01:33

This is the "da-da-da duhhh.." symphony, probably the most recognized classical piece.
I have posted the files I created from MuseScore 0.9.5 and the sinfon36.sf2 soundfont. They are on I think they came out reasonably well. The 3rd and 4th movements are written without a pause so together they comprise a single wav file. The wav files can either be played directy on the site or downloaded. Be aware that the're pretty big. Search for my username "misterdls".
Depending on the response I might post additional classical works I have done. I hope for some feedback.



Here are the mscz files. I did not use any post process; those are the actual wav files MuseScore itself created, unchanged. Again, I used the sinfon36.sf2 soundfont. It has a couple of flaws, but I think it reproduces a symphony orchestra pretty well.

Josh, are you referring to the first movement? I will certainly look into any questions or suggestions.

Thanks everyone.

Hi misterdls,

I'm having a hard time trying to download the sound fonts you mentioned. Would you like to share your copy instead? AFAIK, it is free for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.

Thanks in advance,

In reply to by misterdls

Well, the problem I had was that I managed to find it at "", but they moved me around the whole site, and finally I got on a page saying "You're already downloading any file", well, I was NOT downloading ANY actually.

I can understand that they provide a payed download service, but they could just disable free downloads altogether instead of making it unusable.

I'm giving it a try now at "…" as you suggested, thanks.

In reply to by keith.n.mckenna

Well, actually, it is a rar file packed with the "sfArk.exe" program, which can be downloaded for free from "". However, this is a Windows only program, so in order to help folks on Linux, I repackaged this as a standard ZIP file and put it on my server, so everybody can enjoy it.

Note: this file is not infringing any copyright (see inside *.txt file) so you're welcome to make a torrent out of it and seed it around (to ease the load on my server, for instance :) )

Get the file here:

Good luck,

Very nice work. I think that it could really use a lot of articulations to make it sound crisper. There are a lot of parts where the strings sound muddy because there are staccato and accents missing. The sound font sounds pretty good and I think the articulation would help a lot. Nice work.

Well, now that I finally succeeded in putting all together and actually listening to the score, I must say you did a great job. If you could get the time to do the same for other classical masterpieces as well, that would be fantastic :)

P.S.: my sound card stales for a few milliseconds at around bar 71 of the first movement, but I'm sure this has nothing to do with you.

Thanks for doing it and sharing it.

In reply to by Billard Sirakawa

I don't know of any soundfont that has those instruments. Sorry.

Sinfon36.sf2 has several flaws. There is no difference in the timbres between the different string instrument groups, the violins have a marked increase in volume beginning at the E on the top space on the stave and continuing above, and I really dislike the high register of the oboe. But it was still the best "orchestra" I found. I really like the wind instruments generally.

FYI: The MuseScore files I created and posted are not note for note copies of the original scores; I made changes as I thought necessary due to the way MuseScore + soundfont played back the music. I felt justified because conductors and performers themselves sometimes make changes to even well-known pieces.

In reply to by Billard Sirakawa

At last, someone else interested in sound fonts for Baroque instruments! (misterdls: sorry for 'stealing' your post, the 'hook' is too strong!)

Alas, I know of no font with several instruments, but look in , you will find a few recorder and some harpsichord fonts (no viola da gamba, though). They range from horrible to unsatisfactory and, using any of them with MuseScore, you'll hear a single instrument at a time! So, the quest is still open.

Not to mention that most Baroque music is made of much subtler nuances (in articulation, note ending, silences between notes, etc. and of course inegalité, ornamentation, etc.) than later music, which are impossible to convey with a sound font.

Nevertheless, why not to dream that we can arrive at a decent Baroque sound font?


I'm presenting on MuseScore at the College Music Society/Association for Music Technology Instruction national conference in Minneapolis, MN next week. May I use this as an example of what MuseScore can do? Thanks.


In reply to by LostHoosier

If you're asking me if you can use the sound files I posted on Soundcloud, go right ahead. The compositions I used there are all in the public domain and I don't think anyone involved with MuseScore would object.

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