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Musescore Examples: These exercises require basic knowledge of encoding. Each exercise includes a new tool or two! The MuseScore "Play" function is also recommended.


Vocal Music in MuseScore

Vocal music often requires the use of more features of notation software than instrumental music does. In this series of examples we represent a broad selection of samples involving features that are surpass those described in beginners' lessons.

Early Vocal Music

Example 1: Chant, "Ubi caritas"

SVG Ubi Caritas-1.svg

Tools you need:

  • Method 1: Choose an instrument (here use "voice," which may or may not automatically add the optional vocal tenor clef on the clef) OR
  • Method 2: If not, use “clefs” from the palettes. (click the original clef then double click the treble clef)

User comments:

  • I prefer using ¼ for the time signature for the sake of spacing.
  • The time signature, stems, and the bar lines can be made invisible by selecting all -> staff/part properties -> advanced style properties.
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Example 2: Two-voice organum: "Kyrie, Cunctipotens genitor"

SVG Cunctipotens genitor-1.svg

New feature

  • Spacing (Press Enter)

Review features:

  • Notes
  • Lyrics
  • Chant (Hint: Staff/Part Properties)

Example 3: Two-voice polyphony: Excerpt from the "Duo Agnus Dei II" of the Missa de Beata Virgine by Josquin des Prez

SVG Agnus Dei II from Missa De beata virgine (excerpt)-1.svg

Review features:

  • Notes
  • Clef changes
  • Voices/Layers (necessary for writing two parts on one staff)
  • Slurs

Example 4: Secular monophony: "Sumer is Icumen in"

SVG Sumer is icumen in-1-1.svg

New features:

  • Dotted notes & rests
  • Spacing – using “Enter” key

Review features:

  • Notes and Lyrics
  • Rests

Example 5: Renaissance polyphony: "Jesu, Rex admirabilis" by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (Open Score)

SVG Jesu, Rex Admirabilis-1.svg
  • Choosing Instruments: Choir – Soprano, Alto, and Baritone
  • Taking advantage of same rhythmic values

Example 6: Renaissance polyphony: "Jesu, Rex admirabilis" by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (Close Score)

SVG Jesu, Rex Admirabilis Closed-1.svg

New features:

  • Creating a Closed score

Review topic:

Baroque-Era Vocal Music in MuseScore

Example 1: Figured bass in "Dido’s Lament" by Henry Purcell

SVG Dido's Lament FB-1.svg

New feature:

  • Figured Bass – Command + G

Example 2: Roman-numeral analysis in "Dido’s Lament" (Henry Purcell)

SVG Dido's Lament RNA-1.svg

New feature:

  • Roman-numeral analysis symbols from the menu - Add -> Text -> Roman Numeral Analysis

Example 3: Chord symbols added to "Dido’s Lament" by Henry Purcell

SVG Dido's Lament CS-1.svg

New feature:

  • Chord symbol: Add -> Text -> Chord Symbol

N.B. The font can be changed so that it recognizes the superscript by changing the appearance from Standard to Jazz in the Style (use Format from the menu)


Instrumental music in MuseScore

Baroque-Era instrumental music

Example 1: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048 (J. S. Bach)

SVG Brandenburg Concerto No. 3-1.svg

SVG Brandenburg Concerto No. 3-2.svg

  • Reviewing: Notes, Octaves, Chords, Voices/Layers
  • New: Multiple divisions to one note (through layers), parenthesis (accidentals in the palette)
  • New: Beams (Palette)
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  • New: Size adjustment - Format -> Page Settings -> Scaling from 1.764mm to 2.364mm
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Example 2: Minuet in G by Christian Petzold (Beginning)

SVG Minuet in G (beginning)-1.svg

  • New: Grace Notes (Palette)
  • New: Ornaments (can be added by searching “Ornaments” in the Palette box)

Example 3: Minuet in G by Christian Petzold (End)

SVG Minuet in G (end)-1.svg

  • Review: Ornaments, chords, voices/layers

Classical/Romantic-Era Instrumental Music in MuseScore

Example 1: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 (“Jupiter Symphony”) by W. A. Mozart [Arranged for Two Pianos]

SVG Symphony No.41 in C major, K.551 Jupiter Symphony -1.svg
SVG Symphony No.41 in C major, K.551 Jupiter Symphony -2.svg
SVG Symphony No.41 in C major, K.551 Jupiter Symphony -3.svg

  • Review: Fingerings
  • New: Staccato (Shift + S)
  • New: Instrument Choice -> Piano & Piano
  • New: Tempo, choose from the Palette and then edit the text by double-clicking
  • New: System Text, choose Text from the Palette
  • Triplets = Add -> Tuplets -> Triplet (or command/control + 3)

Example 2: Piano Sonata No.8, Op.13 (“Pathétique”) Second Movement by Ludwig van Beethoven

SVG Piano Sonata No.8, Op.13 Pathétique -1.svg

  • Review: Fingerings
  • Review: Tempo Setting
  • New: Temporary clef, drag the clef into the measure (Measure 1 in this case)
  • New: Spacing = Format -> Add/Remove System Breaks

Example 3: Melody from Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven

SVG Beethoven 9th Melody-1.svg

  • Hint: "Repeat & Jumps" from the Palette

Example 4: Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 1 by Fryderyk Chopin

SVG Nocturnes, Op. 9 No. 1-1.svg

  • Hint: Tuplets from before, adjust the numbers of ratio to EIGHTH NOTES.

20th-Century Instrumental Music in MuseScore

Example 1: "The Peacock" from3 Hungarian Folksongs from Csík by Béla Bartók

SVG 3hungarian-1.svg

  • Review: Repeats & Jumps
  • Review: Texts (tempo, expression, staff text, tremolo)
  • Review: Tuplets
  • Review: Accidentals, Articulations
  • Review: Beams
  • Review: Dynamics as well as:
  • New: Crescendo / Decrescendo (Lines from the Palette)
  • New: Time Signature (Palette)
  • New: Look up "arpeggio" from the Palette, add to your Palette
  • New: Tie = select the note(s), press shift and then + key
  • New: Double Dots -> Find the "Basic edited" box on the top left corner, change it to "Advanced"

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