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README for Frescobaldi 2

Main author: Wilbert Berendsen

Frescobaldi is a LilyPond sheet music text editor. It aims to be powerful, yet
lightweight and easy to use. Frescobaldi is Free Software, freely available
under the General Public License. 


- Powerful text editor with syntax highlighting and automatic completion
- Music view with advanced two-way Point & Click
- Midi player to proof-listen LilyPond-generated MIDI files
- Powerful Score Wizard to quickly setup a music score
- Snippet Manager to store and apply text snippets, templates or scripts
- Use multiple versions of LilyPond, automatically selects the correct version
- Built-in LilyPond documentation browser and built-in help
- Modern user iterface with configurable colors, fonts and keyboard shortcuts
- Translated into: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Czech, Russian,
  Spanish, Galician, Turkish, Polish, Brazillian and Ukrainian.

Music functions:

- Transpose music
- Change music from relative to absolute and vice versa
- Change the language used for note names
- Change the rhythm (double, halve, add/remove dots, copy, paste) etc
- Hyphenate lyrics using word-processor hyphenation dictionaries
- Add spanners, dynamics, articulation easily using the Quick Insert panel
- Update LilyPond syntax using convert-ly, with display of differences

Frescobaldi is designed to run on all major operating systems (Linux, Mac OS X
and MS Windows). It is named after Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643), an Italian
composer of keyboard music in the late Renaissance and early Baroque period.

Here is an idea of the basic Frescobaldi workflow:

- Start Frescobaldi
- Open a .ly file or create one using File->New from template or Tools->Setup
  new Score... and fill in some music
- Press Ctrl+M to run LilyPond
- If the LilyPond output shows errors, press Ctrl+E to jump to the first error
- If you see other mistakes in the music, click the notes to move the text
  cursor there
- Fix the errors or mistakes in the text
- Press Ctrl+M again to update the music view
- When a piece is finished, press Ctrl+Shift+P once to run LilyPond with point
  and click turned off (this results in a much smaller PDF file).

Frescobaldi is written in Python and uses PyQt4 for its user interface.
See the INSTALL file for other requirements and installation instructions.

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