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    Default Are there any music computer programs that accept sheet music?

    If I want to use pieces of classical music that are public domain, and re-compose them in a program, are their any programs that can accept sheet music loaded into them, as oppose to having to create music from the ground up, within the program, originally?

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    While the composition may be in the public domain, the sheet music arrangement you intend to reproduce is probably copyrighted. So even if such a program existed you wouldn't be allowed to do so.

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    Oh okay. So if the composition is public domain, and the sheet music isn't, then how do you get the composition into the program then, if I cannot use the sheets to do so?


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    There are numerous programs out there that can probably recognize sheet music and convert it into digital sheet music for midi or virtual instruments. I bet an hour or so searching on the net for free downloads or relatively inexpensive solutions would turn up a lot.

    Using these programs comes at a cost though, its like loading a novel into microsoft word without any punctuation. You end up getting the music, but it sounds completely sterilized/expressionless. Building it from the ground up may ultimately be better in the long run. Food for thought!


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    Oh okay. So if the composition is public domain, and the sheet music isn't, then how do you get the composition into the program then, if I cannot use the sheets to do so?
    Transcribe the public domain melody by ear and create your own original arrangement around it. If you're not skilled in music I'm sure there are plenty of existing recordings you could choose from. Probably will cost less and sound better to license an existing recording than to buy software and DIY it.

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    Okay thanks. Well it turns out that a couple of the sheets I have are written by Beethoven himself originally, and that's public domain. However, in that case, how do you get the composition into the program though? Can any programs read sheet music and process it?


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    Like CJM Sandman said, not with any predicable, musical or usable results.

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    Haha yes unfortunately there isn't much of a middle ground for this topic. It's basically a substandard midi interpretation, or a buildup from the ground up. Depending on it's usage the first option may be just fine~


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    Can't you hire a young composer - perhaps a college or grad school student - who might be interested in doing this for a relatively small fee + a credit on the project?

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    Haha like myself!! If it isn't some incredibly long cue I'd totally take a look at it. Assuming you don't plan on adding instruments beyond the scope of classical/baroque instrumentation~


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    Oh I could, I just wanted to do it myself to learn more about music and the music program. That way once I get the composition in the program, I can then make any changes I like myself, cause I want to learn more about it, that's all.

    As for music programs that cannot accept compositions that are already, made, I mean editing programs can accept video that's already been shot, and audio programs can accept audio that's already been recorded, so can't a music program, accept compositions that are already done?


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    Well those are primarily post production services that organize/edit materials that have all ready been created and mostly "locked" in a particular fashion. You couldn't alter the composition of an all ready shot video (although one could argue pan and scan) but, music compositions are too complex to simply load into a program that way. Finale does have a function where you can scan in an existing piece of sheet music, and upload it. I would assume it would play out nearly 90% accurate, leaving you to tie up some loose ends. That could take some time depending on the complexity of the score.


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    Oh okay thanks. I was told before to avoid Finale and that it sucks for trying to interpret sheet music by another person I know, who knows more about it than me.


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    I personally don't use notation at all, so I have never used finale before. But from what I hear it is for the most part a relatively decent program to use, there seems to be a lot of value to it. I think the more you toy with the expressive nature of how to manipulate the instruments, the better a result you will get. This function is much greater doing it on your own rather than relying on a computer program interpreting how hard to pluck a string or blow through a horn. I can't imagine finale getting this to an authentic level~


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    Oh yeah, for sure, I want to all those tweaks myself. It's just I can't read sheet music. I used Logic Pro X before, and am familiar with tweaking the instruments to a degree. I just don't know how to get a previously made composition into a program.

    Once I get the compositions into the program I should be good to go, and think I could do a good job, of making it sound good, it's just I don't know how to get them in there, is all.


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