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''Do you compose your music first on paper and then in a notation program?


Maarten Bauer
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Paper or Notation Program  

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  1. 1. Do you compose your music first on paper and then in a notation program?

    • Yes, always.
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    • No, never.
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    • Varies (sometimes I do write music on paper and sometimes I don't)
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  2. 2. Do you directly notate in a program, such as Sibelius or MuseScore? (Without composing anything on paper)

    • Yes, always.
      1
    • No, never.
      1
    • Varies (sometimes I do write music on paper and sometimes I don't)
      1


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Hi all,

After my secondary school I want to study either Classical Saxophone or Composition. 
When I am chatting with Composition professors, it seems to me that they prefer composing on paper and then they notate in a notation program.

I have tried it several times to compose on paper, but I find it really hard. Not because I don't know what the music will really sound like, but because I make so many notation mistakes. Actually, when writing music on paper, my scores look like Beethoven's (see picture) and I cannot even read in myself. . .

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor beethovens handwriting

My question:

''Do you compose your music first on paper and then in a notation program? Or do you directly notate in a program, such as Sibelius or MuseScore?
Why?''

I think the ''Why'' is the most important part of the question.

Please let me know your opinions, experiences etc. Answering the poll would be very nice.

 

Kind regards,

Maarten

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