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Dear music theory community,
The open-source community has developed several musical notation programs, such as Lilypond and Gregorio. Both are markup language software, meaning that you write in what looks like programming code, and the software typesets musical notation into a PDF or image file.
Lilypond is designed primarily for modern notation, though it supports a variety of historical and world notations (mensural or Kievan square and Arabic or Turkish classical notation, for example). It has many applications, and Schenkerians have adapted it for their uses, and it looks as though Contemporary notation is in development.
Gregorio is designed to create Gregorian notation, but has been developed to add St. Gall neumes. This collaboration between scared musicians and open-source programmers is especially unique, taking ancient music notation and creating it using the most modern techniques, but it is a logical pairing, especially applying the principals of public domain and creative commons.
My question is simply whether any in the music theory world have begun to incorporate these tools into their work. There is a steep learning curve in the way the music is entered (as text; for example, "r8 g8 g8 g8 | es2\fermata | r8 f8 f8 f8 | d2~ | d2\fermata" would produce Beethoven's 5th in Lilypond). However, both Lilypond and Gregorio allow for seamless integration into documents, and I imagine that the music theory community could provide many insights and developments to the software, making them even more powerful.
All best to you and your great work,
Director of Music, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Buffalo, MN