Sibelius, Professional Music Score Software
Sibelius: Music Notation Software at it's very best!
Sibelius music software was originally developed on Acorn computers and
this superb score-writing software was responsible for selling almost 7%
of Acorn machines worldwide, such is the amazing functionality of this
software. Sibelius for Windows has risen rapidly to the position of market
Unlike other scorewriters, the Sibelius screen is simple and uncluttered
at all times, so you can concentrate on writing music without the constant
distraction of menus and dialogue boxes. To look around the music, just
click and drag the score - it really feels like you're moving manuscript
paper in front of you.
Sibelius makes music
Being complex and elegant in functionality, yet easy enough for an
absolute novice to use is the whole philosophy behind Sibelius and is the
reason children can be introduced to Sibelius from the age of 11 years
old, and start writing music compositions immediately. Writing music notes
on to a score is easy stuff using a mouse and standard keyboard. Of course,
music can also be played and recorded with any MIDI keyboard, with the
notes appearing on staves on the screen.
Once your masterpiece is complete, Sibelius rapidly reformats a music
score, making everything run smoother and faster. The playback feature
makes the process very interactive, and it is a lot more fun than traditional
pen and paper methods of composing and scoring music.
The interface is so simple to understand that even the first-time user
can pick it up very quickly. When you want to start writing music, you
shouldn't have to spend forever setting up a score or persuading your computer
to notate what you want and Sibelius behaves intelligently in all situations
- as if it knows what you're thinking. Sibelius even plays so well that
you can hear just how your music will sound - far more realistically than
you would expect.
As you add instruments, notes and lyrics to your score, Sibelius instantly
applies hundreds of built-in engraving and spacing rules to organize your
music on the page in the most appropriate and pleasing way.
also has superb guitar tablature functionlity, far better than other music
Sibelius comes free with PhotoScore Lite (Neuratron Software), a plug-in
program which scans and reads printed music into Sibelius. Once the music
is read, you can edit or transpose the score in Sibelius, play it back,
extract parts and print, just as if you'd input it yourself. The process
is so quick it's the best way to make arrangements, transpositions and
editions. However, Sibelius is just as fast when you're making really
major changes to your score, such as altering the size or shape of your
page. In fact, it takes just a fraction of a second for Sibelius to change
the layout of your entire score - regardless of its length!
For the grand finale,
Sibelius lets you put your scores on to a Website so that other people
can view, transpose and play them back - an ideal way to promote your music
all over the world at minimal cost.
Sibelius is also perfect for music teachers,
students, and music instruction schools:
It is important that notation is taught as a skill in music classes
and Sibelius starts children learning music earlier. If you truly believe
that children, teachers or composers should write music easily, be creative
and use their time more effectively when doing so then Sibelius is the
essential element. It reinforces the learning process and so makes it easier
to learn the tunes on musical instruments. It is already being reported
by schools using Sibelius, that it enables their music students to achieve
higher standards in composition. Sibelius is absolutely the best choice
for music teachers and their students.
From the Educational Computing and Technology web site (www.ect.hobsons.com/)
Sibelius in the Press
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