Sample Output


Here is some samples of Denemo scores and output:

  • A song (La Vie En Rose) with chord symbols created with Denemo.
  • TrioSonata from the late 18th century.
  • Pavana & Galliarda Dolorosa, a polyphonic keyboard masterpiece with title page, table of contents and critical commentary. Get the source.
  • A suite by Dieupart. Requires Denemo version 1.0 or higher. The first and second time bars are not needed in all parts so this file makes printing them conditional on whether the part needs them.
  • Sonata for Violin & Basso Continuo
  • Sonata, Example of Incipit on title page and critical commentary quoting original music
  • Comparison with the typical output of other programs for music typesetting.
  • A large collection of Denemo scores, released under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0, mostly treble recorder and basso continuo. These are .denemo.gz files which can be opened directly with Denemo version 2.1.4 and higher (alternatively uncompress first). There is an Index, which allows you to select which score you would like to download. You click on the Filename: link in this Index to download any particular score. (This score, incidentally was also created by LilyPond – it shows the first few bars of each piece, the title, composer etc.)
  • Recording of a live performance made with Denemo.


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Denemo offers many ways of inputting notation to fit your personal style

  • Support for MIDI Instruments, keyboard or mouse.
  • Import PDF files for transcribing from. Links can be placed in the music to points in the original.
  • Any function can be (re-)assigned to any keystroke, keystroke combo, MIDI signal or mouse movement.
  • Choose what your keyboard does
    • Select a duration first
    • Insert notes of a specific duration directly
    • Create a rhythmic layer first that can be filled with pitches
    • Choose pitch by note names
    • or move a cursor with your arrow keys
  • Combine the above in any combination
  • Load .denemo files, import midi, lilypond and musicXML
  • Many functions to alter and modify existing notation. Transpose, shift, augment, diminish, randomize, sort etc.


You can use Denemo to produce and make tests and games about your musical knowledge.

  • Create exercise sheets
  • Aural Training
  • Note reading
  • Playing Exercises


Your music can produce prints, images and music files as well routing your music in real time to other applications. Denemo is mostly What You See Is What You Mean. You can concentrate on your music without fighting the layout, which Denemo/Lilypond does for you beautifully in the background as you work. In rare cases you may wish to tweak the angle of a slur or beam, and since version 1.0 this is possible by dragging on the final typeset score.

  • Printing fully typeset score automatically, without requiring manual tweaks to avoid overlapping notation, slurs, beams etc.
  • One-click generation of Full Score and parts, with title pages, collected critical comments cross-referenced to score locations.
  • Link points in your score to the source pdf file when transcribing music.
  • Image export for snippets or full scores.
  • Export as MIDI, OGG or WAV file, including live performance on MIDI keyboard.
  • Playback with an internal sampler in real time.
  • Route your midi or audio data to other applications (e.g. with JACK)

Special Features

  • All kinds of historical or special notation. For example figured bass, historic noteheads and barlines, Jazz/Pop chords, Guitar/Bass/Lute tabs and many more
  • NotationMagick: Various commands to generate music randomly, from text, numbers, patterns. Also modifies existing music with shuffling, sorting, transposing etc.
  • Scripting Interface – Create macros by recording your commands or write sophisticated functions in Scheme
  • Integrate Lilypond text and commands directly into the musical structure. Even if a feature is not directly supported you can still get it by simply inserting the Lilypond text.

Whats next?

There is a roadmap where we write down our ideas.

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