On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM, Thomas Sattler <tomsatt...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>  Notation can be done with Lilypond,
> Uh ... no, it can't.  Oh, you might be able to enter notes and get sheet
> music out of it, but I have never heard of anyone who begins with a finished
> composition.

*raises hand* I've done many pieces starting out with sheet music in
Lilypond and then generated MIDI and sequenced with Rosegarden. I know
lots of other folks who do so as well.

>  When you want to place notes on a staff, you typically want to
> hear what it sounds like after you do that.  And for that, Rosegarden is
> excellent.  I can lay out my piece on the staffs, and then export to
> LilyPond and get a beautifully finished piece.  I have found Rosegarden to
> be quirky WRT the way it builds the file that gets sent to LilyPond, but I
> never want to actually compose in LilyPond.

Actually, there are some very good Lilypond editors, like Frescobaldi,
that do MIDI playback, although they are not well-suited for good
performance (nor is it intended to be performance data). Rosegarden's
notation is good for some basic stuff, but there's a lot of stuff it
can't do directly (like drum notation) that you really do need to use
Lilypond directly for. I've never been very happy with Rosegarden's
Lilypond output, it's very difficult to edit after the fact (I don't
think it uses relative octaves, for one thing).

But this isn't to say that Rosegarden shouldn't have notation (I think
it should stay)... I find it useful for some things, to try out
snippets and see how chords fit together.

Brett W. McCoy -- http://www.brettwmccoy.com
"In the rhythm of music a secret is hidden; If I were to divulge it,
it would overturn the world."
    -- Jelaleddin Rumi

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