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New Fonts This Week

Magallanes Condensed by LatinotypeMagallanes Condensed
LeanO FY by FONTYOULeanO
Marianina FY by FONTYOUMarianina
MJ Ngai by LinotypeMJ Ngai
Cruz Script by Cruz Fonts
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Xenois Sans, Xenois Semi, and Xenois Serif by LinotypeXenois
Urtext Leipzig 1770 by Urtext Music FontsUrtext Leipzig 1770
Urtext Leipzig 1803 by Urtext Music FontsUrtext Leipzig 1803
Booster FY by FONTYOUBooster
Gauthier FY by FONTYOUGauthier
Excritura by LinotypeExcritura
Akhbar by LinotypeAkhbar
Fruitygreen by LinotypeFruitygreen
Meroe by LinotypeMeroe
Beaurencourt FY by FONTYOU
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Continuing Promotions

MVB Solitaire by MvB Fonts20% off until 5 November

In a Jar by Latinotype $39 until 13 November

Magallanes Condensed by Latinotype80% off until 20 November

Blok, Scissorgirl, Ebu Script, and Surreal Post Indian by Type-Ø-Tones20% off until 30 November

Essential Pragmata Bold Pro by Schiavi DesignNow $49 (desktop) and $47 (webfont)

Kyrial Sans Pro Regular by MostardesignFREE

New Fonts This Week

Rolling Pen by Sudtipos

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Busoni by Urtext Music Fonts

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Burnside by Urtext Music Fonts

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TpKurier Calligraphic by VetteLetters

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TpKurier Serif by VetteLetters

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TpKourier Sans by VetteLetters

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TpMartini by VetteLetters

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Margon by ParaType
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Continuing Promotions

Kahlo Rounded Family by Latinotype$39 intro price until 4 July

Novel Sans Rounded Web by Atlas Font Foundry$99 intro price until 23 July

Stylizing digital sheet music with music fonts

For composers, songwriters, and those who dabble in transcribing music for fun, digitized sheet music is often found left with their default fonts in tact. Music notation software such as Finale™ or Sibelius™ automatically loads music fonts on the user’s computer upon install — Finale uses a music font labeled as “Maestro” by default while Sibelius typically uses “Opus Std” for music notation. On top of these music font settings, Times New Roman is usually paired with these music fonts by default, though in Sibelius the default font depends on what type of score or instruments you’ll be writing music for.

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Plantin Std paired with Opus Std in Sibelius for the default piano score template

The majority of digitized sheet music may look similar to the transcription above, but if you feel like stylizing your sheet music, it’s quite easy to change font settings in Sibelius. With the addition of Urtext Music Fonts type foundry, we’re happy to give composers and arrangers options to make music look better.

If you’ve already started composing or transcribing your song in Sibelius, you can edit your font selection and apply it to your existing notation.

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Main Text Font — By changing this font, you’ll change the text that shows the composer and part names (as in the music example above, where “Piano” and “Muzio Clementi” are noted). You can choose any (non-music) font you have installed on your computer.

Main Music Font — This selection will change all common music symbols, such as  key and time signatures, notes (both noteheads and flags are affected), and rests.

Music Text Font — Any additional expressive or articulation markings will be affected by this font selection. This includes dynamic markings (such as the bold “pp”s for pianissimo and “ff”s for fortissimo) as well as fermatas and trill markings, which are briefly explained below.

Here are some examples of dynamics and technical markings in Urtext Music FontsKapellmeister OT (in purple):

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Once you’ve decided which font you’ll use for text and which font(s) you’ll use for the music notation, hit OK and watch your sheet music be transformed. In the example below, Plantin has been switched out for P22 Morris Golden and Opus Std has been switched out for Clementi OT, giving the excerpt from Muzio Clementi’s Piano Sonatina a more appropriate feeling:

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In a side-by-side comparison, the following excerpt starts with the default music font (Opus Std), and where noted by the asterisk, changes to Clementi OT:

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Other major differences are usually noticed at the beginning of the music, with the key signature (in this piece, the sharp “♯” sign) and time signature (the “fraction” 2/4). You’ll also see a difference of style in the way clefs (here, what precedes the “♯” sign) are drawn between music fonts:

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To those unfamiliar with music notation, you can see also differences in the music fonts by comparing the design of the notes — the shape and weight of the notehead (the round part of the note) may differ as well as its flags (the part that waves itself off note stems on eighth notes, sixteenth notes, and any other note that has flags). This is better seen than explained; below is a comparison of eighth notes (again, in purple) in the Urtext Music Fonts available at FontShop:

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You’ll notice that some noteheads are more elliptical (like that of Brumaire) while others are more round. Also, some flags are straight and angular while others are curved. With tastes and styles in music so varied, why should sheet music all look the same?

While Urtext’s range of music fonts address traditional styles, capturing the feeling of hand-engraved music from the Baroque and Classical periods, these music fonts are still fit to be used for any modern-day composer.

New Fonts This Week

Today we bring you new fonts Heirloom Artcraft from Baseline Fonts, Program from Emigre, and Poster, Blok & Blak from Type-Ø-Tones. We also have a brand-new font vendor this week! FontShop welcomes Urtext Music Fonts and their latest designs, Abdelazer, Brumaire, Clementi, Goldilind, Kapellmeister & Kapellmeister II.

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Baseline Fonts

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Heirloom Artcraft
 » Webfonts Available

Emigre

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Program

Type-Ø-Tones

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Blok & Blak
» Webfonts Available

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Poster

Urtext Music Fonts

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