Musescore Examples: These exercises require basic knowledge of encoding. Each exercise includes a new tool or two! The MuseScore "Play" function is also recommended.
- 1 Vocal Music in MuseScore
- 1.1 Early Vocal Music
- 1.1.1 Example 1: Chant, "Ubi caritas"
- 1.1.2 Example 2: Two-voice organum: "Kyrie, Cunctipotens genitor"
- 1.1.4 Example 4: Secular monophony: "Sumer is Icumen in"
- 1.2 Baroque-Era Vocal Music in MuseScore
- 1.1 Early Vocal Music
- 2 Instrumental music in MuseScore
- 2.1 Baroque-Era instrumental music
- 2.2 Classical/Romantic-era instrumental music
- 2.2.1 Example 1: Symphony No. 41 in C Major ("Jupiter"), K. 551 (W. A. Mozart), arr. for two pianos]
- 2.2.2 Example 2: Piano Sonata No.8, Op.13 (“Pathétique”) Second Movement by Ludwig van Beethoven
- 2.2.3 Example 3: Melody from Symphony No. 9 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
- 2.2.4 Example 4: Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 1 by Fryderyk Chopin
- 2.3 20th-Century Instrumental Music in MuseScore
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"
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)
- 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.
- Review items: Slurs and texts from the “Octaves, Slurs, Fingerings, and Text”
Example 2: Two-voice organum: "Kyrie, Cunctipotens genitor"
- Spacing (Press Enter)
- 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
- Clef changes
- Voices/Layers (necessary for writing two parts on one staff)
Example 4: Secular monophony: "Sumer is Icumen in"
- Dotted notes & rests
- Spacing – using “Enter” key
- Notes and Lyrics
Example 5: Renaissance polyphony: "Jesu, Rex admirabilis" by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (Open Score)
- 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)
- Creating a Closed score
- Multiple layers. See “Voices/Layers”)
Baroque-Era Vocal Music in MuseScore
Example 1: Figured bass in "Dido’s Lament" by Henry Purcell
- Figured Bass – Command + G
Example 2: Roman-numeral analysis in "Dido’s Lament" (Henry Purcell)
- Roman-numeral analysis symbols from the menu - Add -> Text -> Roman Numeral Analysis
Example 3: Chord symbols added to "Dido’s Lament" by Henry Purcell
- 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)
- Subdivisions of one note (using layers)
- Parentheses (showing accidentals from the palette)
- Beams (using palette)
- Size adjustment, using Format -> Page Settings -> Scaling (e.g. from 1.764mm to 2.364mm)
Example 2: Minuet in G (Christian Petzold), first phrase
- Grace Notes, using palette
- Ornaments: add using search for “Ornaments” in the palette box
Example 3: Minuet in G (Christian Petzold), last phrase
Classical/Romantic-era instrumental music
Example 1: Symphony No. 41 in C Major ("Jupiter"), K. 551 (W. A. Mozart), arr. for two pianos]
- Add staccato: Shift+S
- Selecting instruments -> Piano & Piano
- Chossing tempo: (1) choose from the palette, then (2) edit 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
- Temporary clef change: Drag the clef into the measure (Measure 1 in this case)
- Modify system breaks: Format -> Add/Remove System Breaks
- Tempo setting
Example 3: Melody from Symphony No. 9 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
- Hint: "Repeat & Jumps" from the Palette
Example 4: Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 1 by Fryderyk Chopin
- 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
- 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"