Musegraph’s Wolfgang font brings the SCORE look to Sibelius

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Notation software has come, gone, and evolved over the years. But for many digital engravers, one program remains the gold standard by which all others are measured. That program is SCORE, the first commercially available music notation program, released in 1986. Although it continues to be used, its creator, Leland Smith, died several years ago, and it is unlikely to ever be updated.

Fortunately, Musegraph has produced a music font to suit typesetters and enthusiasts who enjoy the look of SCORE’s output. Its Vienna font, derived from SCORE, has been available for a while for Finale users, and now it has been ported for use in Sibelius.

That font family is called Wolfgang, and it is available now from Musegraph for 40 €. Wolfgang doesn’t replicate every symbol within the Opus family, but the most common ones are available through the three fonts that comprise the Wolfgang family: Wolfgang Std, Wolfgang Special Std, and Wolfgang Text Std. (For other, less common symbols, you can use one of the Sibelius default fonts such as Opus, or the free Bravura-derived Norfolk font.)

After you install the fonts on your computer, setting it up for use in Sibelius is very easy. Instructions are provided on Musegraph’s web site, and should you need it, more information is available in the Sibelius Reference in the Music fonts chapter. Once you have set up a document using the Wolfgang fonts, you can export a house style or manuscript paper that uses them.

I tried it and was very pleased with the results I achieved. Here is an excerpt of music created in SCORE:

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An excerpt of music created in SCORE (click for PDF)

And here is the same excerpt, created in Sibelius with Wolfgang:

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An excerpt of music created in Sibelius, with the Wolfgang font (click for PDF)

Of course, achieving output in Sibelius or Finale that truly emulates that of SCORE is more than just a simple font substitution; note spacing, layout, engraving rules, and a host of other settings come into play. But if you’re already interested in changing your music font, chances are you’ll want to spend the time adjusting your house style and your document’s settings to achieve that distinctive look. Using Wolfgang will go a long way toward making it possible.

For more options, Musegraph also offers another font called Ludwig (the Finale version is called Stockholm), which it says “gives an older look to your scores. It has softly shaped accidentals and dynamics with a relaxing look.” Ludwig is priced at 35 €.

Comments

  1. Wolfram Domay

    Hello,

    thank you so much for this blog, it always is a very interesting read!

    I do notation since approx. 25 years, and I ever was a huge fan of SCORE. So I stumbled across Wolfgang quite some time ago and was captivated by their advertising text concerning it. So I bought and compared it thoroughly using Sibelius, Draw, some converting programs, Illustrator and Fontographer, including zooming in for every detail of some symbols. The fonts are not really the same, as one might already have thought if familiar with copyright laws. It’s not only modernized (e.g. angles to curves) but somewhat modified. And the font only does not always look the same… So every one who wants to purchase Wolfgang: Do not expect a perfect match!

    Yours

    Wolfram (Germany)

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