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Engraving Challenge: Robert Schumann "Estrella"
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Engraving Challenges

This is an open contest in music engraving, aiming to test music notation software in controlled conditions. You can find more information (and instructions for participants) here.

Schumann's Estrella from Carnaval op. 9

The goal of this particular challenge is not only to test engravers and their programs, but also the rules and workflows of the contest itself. Therefore we have deliberately picked a fairly straightforward piece: it is short enough to be engraved in whole and consists mostly of quite simple notation. However, do not underestimate it! Submissions that we had already received show that there are a few challenging elements which some programs have difficulty with. So, it should be an excellent warm-up piece.

You can find the score in the estrella.png file.

Page layout details

  • paper size is 24x31 cm,
  • line-width is 20.5 cm, which gives ~17 mm margins (in the original the margins aren't symmetrical, but we don't have to replicate this - the important thing is to get the width of the systems the same),
  • staves are about 7 mm high (~20 pt).

Specific challenges

Please pay particular attention to these elements, and document in detail how you handled them:

  • inconventional voicing in m.34, right hand
  • invisible rests in lower voice of the left hand

Please make sure you read the instructions before starting ANY work!

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