Lots of text with many musical fragments: what is the best solution ?

• Jul 30, 2015 - 13:17

Hi !

Let's say that you are writing an article about music, where you have paragraphs that consist only of text and everywhere small fragments of a score.

I attach one example of such layout.

I have 2 questions:

1) if the goal is to write the article with the purpose of printing it on paper: can you do that with musescore ? or shall one use Musescore only to create the scores, then capture images and paste in a word document or in a pdf ?

2) if you want a document that is more "alive", that you can click on the score fragment and hear it played. How can you do that ?

I saw a tutorial on how to get musescore to generate a video of the musical fragment, that I can embedd in MS-Word. I have even heard talks about interactive pdfs.

So my questions are how far can you get only with museScore and what solutions people are using for needs as described above.

Thanks in advance !



Definitely to do anything at all fancy with the text, you will want to use a word processor or similar tool for that, and just use MuseScore for the examples. MuseScore has a built in "Image capture mode" (see camera icon at far right on toolbar) just for that purpose. Also, if you use LibreOffice or OpenOffice, see http://extensions.libreoffice.org/extension-center/musescore-example-ma…, which automates the process and is a huge help in keeping things organized.

Creating a more interactive document is possible too. I am am aware of some efforts to automate some of this, but am not sure of the status. See for example https://musescore.org/en/node/35296?page=1#comment-323396

1/ If the result is a printed book or a non interactive PDF, I would indeed use the LibreOffice extension and Libre Office. If the book contains more than music notation and you need professional control on the layout and the output, I would go for something like Scribus. If you like command line tools, LaTeX is another candidate.

2/ For something more interactive, I wouldn't recommend PDF but ePub3. It's more or less HTML so you can start with HTML and that's why I started this for Schoenberg's theory of harmony. Then it all depends the level of interaction you want in the book. Like if you want the ability to click on a link to color a note or something like this, you will need SVG. If you want playback, png + mp3 could be enough. If you want playback and a cursor, a video could help.

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