Score (software)

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developer Leland Smith
operating system Windows
category Music software
License proprietary
German speaking Yes (no longer available)

Score is a PostScript -based music notation program . It was developed by Leland Smith , professor of music at Stanford University, starting in 1967. The 2012 published current version 5 is under Windows from Windows 98 to run. Up to version 4, Score was still an MS-DOS program, which led to increasing compatibility problems with newer hardware and software and slightly deterred new users because of the less than intuitive user interface . Nevertheless, Score was able to keep a fixed user base of predominantly professional users. Three things in particular contributed to this:

  • All parameters of elements in score files are directly accessible and can be changed freely. That makes Score very flexible.
  • Score does not carry out any automatisms (e.g. for formatting ) without the user giving the express command. This also includes the alignment of the notes, which must be done by manual command after the notes have been entered. What seems cumbersome at first, has the following advantages:
    • From the outset, the user has maximum influence on the score, i.e. For example, you can determine how the music should be divided on the page when you enter it. The program does not initially automatically lay out the music entered.
    • The user can always see exactly what changes the program is making to the data when he calls up an automatic function.
    • Constellations of musical objects that contradict the most basic rules of notation can also be created, edited and printed with the program. Higher functions that require a musically correct structure such as B. the function for aligning the notes can then remain inactive.
  • There is a multitude of tools, some of which can be very individually adapted, that various users have written to process the relatively simple data structure. The work process is made more complicated by the successive use of different programs, but is still preferred by many users because they retain absolute control over the data and can achieve a result that precisely meets their needs.

Version 3 and 4 users have been able to upgrade to a beta version for Windows (version 5.0) since January 1st, 2009. Since the release of Version 5, these user groups can purchase cheaper upgrade versions.

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Individual evidence

  1. News from January 1, 2009