Does anyone in the United States of America use the British software
called Sibelius for setting music?
It involves (at present) acquiring a British Acorn RiscPC computer! (The
major educational computer in the UK - runs like a Mac rather than a PC
but usually these days has a PC Pentium board on board as well as the
native Risc Operating System) This has not stopped music departments in
Universities buying an Acorn just to run Sibelius, for example in New
Zealand where I live, despite the rest of the university being PCs and
Macs. The advertising tells me that composer Lalo Schifrin of 'Mission
Impossible' in Hollywood uses Sibelius and that blockbusters such as
'G.I.Jane' and 'Richard III' were scored using Sibelius.
Sibelius is up to version 7 and has add-ons such as Music scanning,
transpotitions, spots unplayable notes on every instrument if you try to
write them in (or the transposition crrates them). Of course it will play
what you write if attached to a MIDI music system...
I know it is advertising a 'manuscript font' which looks like handwritten
music(should you want to make that backward step!!) but I am not sure
about how it deals with copyright type faces or with making your own
Making and modifying faces is somthing Acorns have been good at letting
you do for 10 years or more - when they jumped up to 32bits - and their
main magazine has many articles on the subject. I'd love to have a go but
there are only so many hours in the day, even when you are retired, and
hand setting for small runs on my stop-cylinder, using founders and mono
is enough for me so far.
Sibelius have a web site at www.sibelius-software.com, and e-mail:
[log in to unmask], and snail-mail Freepost CB344, Cambridge, CB1
1BR, United Kingdom.