Projects / LilyPond


LilyPond is a music typesetter. It produces beautiful sheet music using a file as input. LilyPond is part of the GNU Project.

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Recent releases

  •  15 Sep 2012 00:37

    Release Notes: Major improvements in this release include support for Kievan square notation, improved user and programming interfaces, and more versatile music functions.

    •  26 Aug 2010 06:50

      Release Notes: The GUI on Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 was fixed. Dozens of bugfixes were backported from the unstable development version. It is recommended that all users upgrade to this version. This is the last planned release in the 2.12 stable series.

      •  13 Nov 2006 15:38

        Release Notes: A new page breaking algorithm will tune both horizontal and vertical spacing. Hence, page turns will only fall at rests or places that you mark explicitly. Internal rewrites were done that make it possible to output a much simpler intermediate format. In the long term, this will enable other programs to read LilyPond music. The release also includes support for falls and doits, dashed barlines, al niente hairpins, right hand fingerings for guitar, better formatting of tied chords, automatic beaming, and nested tuplets.

        •  29 Mar 2006 13:23

          Release Notes: The newest version adds three major typographical improvements. First, page layout has been improved with options to tune vertical spacing per system, to set the total number of systems, and to visualize page parameters. Second, algorithmic notation buffs will love the new exact proportional spacing, where mixed exotic rhythms and nested tuplets still produce mathematically consistent spacing. Third, the tied chord formatting was greatly improved, and each offending tie configuration can be overridden.

          •  08 Dec 2005 10:42

            Release Notes: Minor bugs were fixed, mostly in packaging.

            Recent comments

            14 Mar 2004 19:55 bcrowell

            serious craftsmanship
            This is the kind of software project that takes some serious craftsmanship to create, and that's exactly what the authors have put into it. Bravo!

            My only real complaint is that the language has not stayed very stable, so some input files on the Mutopia site will no longer compile. There is apparently a conversion script for backward compatibility, but it's not well advertised. It would be nice to know how much one can depend on the language to stay the some from now on.

            Prospective users who don't want to learn to type in music using the Lilypond language may want to check out the Rosegarden project, which is a GUI front-end for Lilypond.


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