Grab your favourite notation software, engrave a short piece (or a 1-page excerpt of a complex piece), and compare with other people’s results!
Urs had just started a fascinating initiative which aims to compare performance of various music notation programs. There are a lot of such comparisons on the internet, but they are usually prepared by one author – whose goal is usually to prove the superiority of the program he likes 🙂 . We, on the other hand, are inviting everyone to join and engrave given pieces with software of their choice, so that every program can be represented fairly. We do hope that some seasoned Finale and Sibelius professionals will participate, and show us how to get the most out of these widely known packages!
We don’t intend to choose a winner, but we’ll be comparing the results of each participant’s attempt – not only the final score, but also the process of creating it: which notation elements did the application get right by default, what kinds of tweaks were necessary to make the score publication-quality and how hard it was to do this.
We initially wanted to start with a fairly complex Chopin/Godowsky’s study for piano, which contains some unusual notations like these fascinating beams:
But then Phil said that it’s a bit too hard as the first challenge, and I think he was right 🙂 so Urs found something really straightforward and now everyone’s working on Estrella from Schumann’s Carnaval:
(Of course we will definitely return to Chopin/Godowsky, it would be a shame not to engrave it!)
If you’d like to join the challenge (there’s no deadline for submitting your engraving, so don’t worry that others had already started working), go here – and have fun 🙂
PS we plan to add a few more challenges after these two are finished.
Edit: we were having some technical difficulties (our initial setup was inadequate, and we had to rewrite instructions for participants), but everything is smooth and ready now!