Human Target scores direct hit with orchestral soundtrack

In these days of low budgets and high technology, it’s unusual for a weekly episodic television show to have an orchestral soundtrack performed by a live orchestra. For many years, the only show in Hollywood to feature a live orchestral score every week was The Simpsons, composed and orchestrated by Sibelius user Alf Clausen. Though there […]

The making of Pat Metheny’s “Orchestrion”

Just before Christmas, I posted about the sleeve art for guitarist, composer and Sibelius user Pat Metheny’s new album, Orchestrion, which features a Sibelius 6 box lurking amidst the huge variety of musical instruments that cram the picture. (If you look really closely you can see Pat himself at the left-hand side, hiding behind his […]

Composer Ellen Zwilich on how technology benefits musicians

The Palm Beach Arts Paper recently ran a profile of Pulitzer-prize winning composer and Sibelius user Ellen Zwilich, in advance of the Florida premiere of her acclaimed Septet for piano trio and string quartet (2009). As the article says: Zwilich, 70, is a native South Floridian and one of the most honored American composers of […]

Unleash the power of text wildcards

Sibelius includes some simple but powerful features for working with text wildcards. Wildcards are text tokens that are automatically substituted with text from elsewhere. They’re useful for situations where you want the same information to be shown in lots of different places, allowing you to change that information once and have it updated automatically everywhere […]

Get an introduction to Sibelius at Somerset House

If you’re within easy reach of London and have Sibelius 4 or later, you may be interested in spending an afternoon at Somerset House in the company of Neil Luck, a lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and an editor and engraver for Faber Music. Neil will be running a Sibelius workshop on Tuesday 16 […] “Sibelius leads from the front”

Composer Kampadi Okpa has written a head-to-head comparison of Finale and Sibelius for the web site It’s a pretty detailed write-up, breaking down his impressions of both applications into a number of categories, including logic, flexibility, multimedia integration, ability as a creative aid, and customer service and support. Sibelius comes out on top in […]

Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon: “Sibelius saved our marriage”

Mexican-born composer Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon was recently interviewed by Tom Moore of Opera Today. Zohn-Muldoon is Associated Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. The interview is a genuinely interesting and engaging read, describing the composer’s early tuition from his father, his rock band in Guadalajara, his studies with George Crumb, […]