Erik's Music Database - Score Format Options
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EMDB scores may appear in several different formats, each with their
own advantages and disadvantages. Bitmap images are
available for all scores. Other formats have more limited availability
- Bitmap image: This format (extension .gif) appears
by default on an EMDB score page. It represents a cropped scan of the
original paper transcription. Bitmap images are quick to display, but
are often messy and their resolution is substandard for printing.
- PDF: This format (extension .pdf) is a type-set
version of the bitmap score suitable for high-resolution display and
printing. PDF is widely supported on all common operating systems.
- Lilypond: This format (extension .ly) is
supported by the free software Lilypond.
- Finale:This format (extension .mus) is
supported by the Finale commercial music typesetting program
(available for Windows and Macs). With Finale, users may edit,
transpose, and playback a score.
- MusicXML: This format (extension .xml) is a
standard interchange format for music scores. It is supported by many
computer music programs and friendly to custom software
- Myriad: Myriad refers to a browser plug-in (freely
available for Windows and Macs) for viewing, transposing, printing and
playing back MusicXML files (see above). Users must install the
Myriad Music Plug-in in their browsers before this option will
display correctly. This option is available for scores for which the
MusicXML is available.
Bitmap images are available for all scores. PDFs are available for
books AC01, ML01 and MM02. Lilypond is available for book AC01.
Finale is available for book MM02. MusicXML/Myriad is available for
book ML01. If you're interested in helping with this conversion
effort, see the Contribute page.