What are the common fonts used in music?


Question

I'm looking for the typical fonts appearing in classical music scores, like the ones here:

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where you can see some Allegretto, and also a leggiero, some numbers too, and mf.

And also, what fonts are those used in software like Sibelius, Encore... that looks like Real Book's handwritten font?

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5/14/2014 8:22:00 AM

Accepted Answer

One of the more popular music notation software programs is Finale (at least that was the case when I was in high school). Finale is bundled with a bunch of fonts that you'll recognize if you use sheet music with any kind of regularity:

  • Broadway Copyist Font
  • Engraver Font
  • Finale Alpha Notes Font
  • Finale Copyist Text Font
  • Finale Lyrics Font
  • Finale Mallets Font
  • Finale Numerics Font
  • Finale Percussion Font
  • Jazz Font
  • Maestro Font

These cover pretty much all musical notation you could ask for. For lettering specifically, look to these:

Finale Copyist Text
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JazzText
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Broadway Copyist Text
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MaestroTimes
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Not sure if these exact fonts are available for licensing outside of the software.

Reference:

Finale Character Sets

Finale Alternative Music Fonts

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5/15/2014 3:25:00 PM

I believe that the "Allegretto" is a bold Times New Roman.

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