Tutorial: Gregorian chant in MuseScore.
  • Regards.

    I have created this tutorial to write Gregorian chant in modern notation in MuseScore. It is in Spanish and English. The English translation was done in Google Translator. If someone wants to help me improve the translation, write me to the email that appears in the tutorial.

    Below I will put some examples made with this technique.
  • These are two examples made in MuseScore. The Kyrie of the Missa de Angelis and the Graduale of the 17th Sunday after Pentecost.
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  • Very neat and helpful. Thanks. However, is there a way to put and use Gregorian chant notation using Musescore? That would be even better...
  • Greetings.
    Thank you, Andrew, for your comment. No. Unfortunately in MuseScore it is not possible to use square notation.
  • m_r_taylor
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    I have an interest in creating chant notation alongside modern notation in one score. I'm guessing Lilypond should be able to do that?

    It would wonderful if the graphical entry programs could support chant notation easily - one developer at Dorico said they'd like to, but it may take many years since the demand is very low.
  • Incardination
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    If you want to write music in chant notation, it seems that GABC is the best way to go with a number of tools (mostly free) available.

    If you are looking to merge modern and chant, that can be done with graphics in a music program - I typically use Finale, but I would be surprised if most don't have similar capacity.

    Attached is an example from Iesu Dulcis (Allen). When I do intonations for polyphonic Masses, I always include the snippet of the intonation in chant as well as the music so one can see the transition of pitch from the intonation to polyphony and understand where it is derived from. Also attached an example of that.
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  • Richard MixRichard Mix
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    The explanation is very clear and the English is excellent with just a few rough spots:
    26. What we will do is subdivide each phrase into small measures. This will allow us to distribute more efficient and
    the notes in each system more efficiently and

    39. To add ties and slurs where they are needed, select the notesbind the notes with a bow, anywhere necessary, the notes are selected by pressing at the same time the «Ctrl» key is pressed. Then itpress the «S» key.

    48. With the help of the mouse or the keyboard we locate said can place the line in the position we need.

    50. Once the transcripttion is completed, the letter is added. We will see that aspect lyrics [or underlay] can be added, as we will see in the next section. We proceed in the same way with the rest of the score. Below we show a comparative[comparison], by way of example, of the development of the first systems next to the model. Remember that it is recommended to add the letter at the same time it advances by fragments. underlay as you go.

  • Thanks, Richard, for your corrections.
  • a_f_hawkins
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    m_r_taylor - yes Lilypond can do both, though I haven't tried it. Another thing I know is possible is to embed Lilypond into the free word processors Open Office and Libre Office. The extension OoLilypond works in both, I have recently checked it still works, but have not used it for about five years.
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  • GerardH
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    ...is there a way to put and use Gregorian chant notation using Musescore?

    @AndrewSteinerPiano So it turns out it is possible to do this. It isn't easy. At all.

    Most of the Gregorian note shapes have been included into Unicode. This means that they can be inserted into scores from the Master Palette (Shift+F9). They are, however, just symbols, with no real meaning on the score. It is possible to attach them to notes to get their placement on the stave, but as soon as you're dealing with neumes of more than one note, the task becomes exponentially more difficult.

    Attached is a pdf of a score I made. I wanted the Gregorian tone 8g for the odd verses of the Magnificat to pair with a Magnificat Octavi Toni by Lassus. To make it easier to sing the chant at the correct pitch, I decided to attempt writing the Gregorian notation on modern staves, similar to the Weinmann Graduale. The results were actually quite satisfactory, but this was largely because the chant was simple, and once I had the handful of necessary neumes placed once, I could copy and paste them as often as needed. The forum software won't allow me to upload the .mscz file, so it is available on Google Drive here.

    I have also attached the finished product for those who may want it - I stole a score for the Lassus from CPDL, broke apart the pdf, and interpolated the chant verses I created.
  • davido
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    I have done it with Lilypond a number of years ago. It works for syllabic hymns like the notation in the English Hymnal, but if there are any long melismas, the square notes and the modern notation don’t match well. Plus square notation entry is terribly complicated in Lilypond.

    Just give up on square notes and do it all in stemless modern notation. That’s what should have been done with chant all along...