“Finale 2003 changed the way music is shared by including the ability to read and write MusicXML files”
MusicXML was introduced to the public on October 23, 2000 at the First International Symposium on Music Information Retrieval in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Michael Good’s presentation on “Representing Music Using XML” described MusicXML version 0.1 and its early implementations for Finale, Sibelius, MIDI, and MuseData.
In the 10 years since, MusicXML support has grown to over 130 applications on the Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS operating systems. All the major music notation editors can read and write MusicXML 2.0 files, including Finale, Sibelius, Capella, and MuseScore. Similarly, all the major music scanners can create MusicXML files, including SmartScore, PhotoScore, SharpEye, and Capella-Scan. Developers of mobile sheet music apps use MusicXML to exchange music notation files with these desktop programs.
“Finale 2003 changed the way music is shared by including the ability to read and write MusicXML files,” stated Ron Raup, MakeMusic’s chief executive officer. “Since then, our continued partnership with Recordare means that Finale, Allegro, PrintMusic, SongWriter, and even NotePad users can share more music back and forth, regardless of version number – even with people using other companies’ software. The level of connectivity that MusicXML provides our customers represents a very important addition to our entire product line. Recordare is a valued partner and we extend our congratulations on the ten-year anniversary of MusicXML.”
“MusicXML has broken down the barriers that kept musicians from getting the most out of their digital sheet music,” said Michael Good, Recordare’s chief executive officer. “Over the past ten years, MusicXML has become the standard when people work together to prepare written music for print, film, shows, and online services. We expect it will soon become a popular consumer format as well.”
About Recordare LLC
Recordare LLC is an Internet music software and publishing company. Recordare created the open MusicXML format to make digital sheet music usable by as many applications as possible. Recordare’s Dolet software uses the MusicXML format to provide a universal translator between music notation programs.