Frescobaldi LilyPond Editor

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README for Frescobaldi

Homepage: http://www.frescobaldi.org/
Main author: Wilbert Berendsen

Frescobaldi is a LilyPond sheet music text editor. It aims to be powerful, yet lightweight and easy to use. Frescobaldi is Free Software, freely available under the General Public License.


  • Powerful text editor with syntax highlighting and automatic completion
  • Music view with advanced two-way Point & Click
  • Midi player to proof-listen LilyPond-generated MIDI files
  • Midi capturing to enter music
  • Powerful Score Wizard to quickly setup a music score
  • Snippet Manager to store and apply text snippets, templates or scripts
  • Use multiple versions of LilyPond, automatically selects the correct version
  • Built-in LilyPond documentation browser and built-in help
  • Configurable document outline view to navigate large LilyPond scores easily
  • Smart layout-control functions like coloring specific objects in the PDF
  • Import ABC, Midi and MusicXML using the LilyPond-provided tools
  • Experimental export to MusicXML
  • Modern user interface with configurable colors, fonts and keyboard shortcuts
  • Translated into: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Czech, Russian, Spanish, Galician, Turkish, Polish, Brazilian and Ukrainian.

Music functions:

  • Transpose music
  • Change music from relative to absolute and vice versa
  • Change the language used for note names
  • Change the rhythm (double, halve, add/remove dots, copy, paste) etc
  • Hyphenate lyrics using word-processor hyphenation dictionaries
  • Add spanners, dynamics, articulation easily using the Quick Insert panel
  • Update LilyPond syntax using convert-ly, with display of differences

Frescobaldi is designed to run on all major operating systems (Linux, Mac OS X and MS Windows). It is named after Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643), an Italian composer of keyboard music in the late Renaissance and early Baroque period.

Here is an idea of the basic Frescobaldi workflow:

  • Start Frescobaldi
  • Open a .ly file or create one using File->New from template or Tools->Setup new Score... and fill in some music
  • Press Ctrl+M to run LilyPond
  • If the LilyPond output shows errors, press Ctrl+E to jump to the first error
  • If you see other mistakes in the music, click the notes to move the text cursor there
  • Fix the errors or mistakes in the text
  • Press Ctrl+M again to update the music view
  • When a piece is finished, press Ctrl+Shift+P once to run LilyPond with point and click turned off (this results in a much smaller PDF file).

Frescobaldi is written in Python and uses PyQt for its user interface. See the INSTALL file for other requirements and installation instructions.

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