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Andy Alt 12-30-2012 08:36 AM

Linux friendly site for piano sheet music
It's easy enough to find sites where I can buy, download/save, and print sheet music for the piano, but wondering which ones are "Linux-friendly." "Scorch" appears to be only for Windows. I only need one recommendation. I'd just like to know of a site with a wide selection that I know once I purchase the music, I'll be able to at least view and print it. And preferably pay with PayPal.


onebuck 12-30-2012 09:10 AM

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Maybe you should ask that the site sheet format is either PostScript, GIF, Adobe Acrobat, Finale, etc. Not just Linux friendly but in how the format is provided by site for the sheet music. If PostScript then I am certain you should be able to print on most modern printers.

Andy Alt 04-27-2013 12:11 PM

Sure, I don't care about labels. It doesn't necessarily have to be "Linux-friendly;" just something I can download and print without being required to run Windows software. :) Postcript or pdf for instance would be perfectly acceptable.

They offer some on in pdf format but I'd like access to a site with a wider selection. They seem to provide primarily classical sheet music.

frankbell 04-27-2013 10:19 PM

It's not a product I would have need of or am capable of critiquing, but this article evaluates several possibilities for making musical scores. I know it's not quite what you were asking for, but it might lead you to somewhere useful.,2860-12.html

Andy Alt 04-28-2013 04:22 AM

Interesting, thanks.

vdubeau 04-28-2013 03:41 PM

New member of forum so I have to have at 1 other post before I can post a url. So check my next post.

---------- Post added 04-28-13 at 03:42 PM ----------

Check out this website:

Hopefully it will give you everything you want.

Andy Alt 04-28-2013 08:42 PM

Almost fits the bill, but requires flash and adobe AIR. And according to


Adobe AIR for Linux is no longer supported. To access older, unsupported versions, please read the AIR archive.
Here's the "System Requirements" listed on the Sheet Music Plus site:

Adobe Flash Player (at least Version 10.0), Adobe AIR (at least Version 2.0), andthe Sheet Music Plus Digital Print AIR applicationThe Adobe Flash Player enables you to VIEW your sheet music whileAdobe AIR and the Sheet Music Plus Digital Print AIR application allow you to PRINTyour sheet music.
Right now I could get Air 2.6 and that would satisfy apparently, but then I'd be SOL if SMP ever suddenly started requiring a newer version.

Hmmm.. and standard shipping on a $3.95 piece of sheet music is $3.99 so I can't see settling for that.

Man, the sheet music industry is quite a racket. Well, I'll tell you what sheet music industry folks (if you happen to be reading this), I'll get my sheet music from the library. Why in fact, I got the theme for Cheers by buying the book for $20, and it came with over 100 other songs. Also got the Superman theme for a similar price, and that came with many other good John Williams songs.

So wise up; you just lost an impulse buyer.

Oh, I forgot, here's a LINUX-FRIENDLY site that I haven't mentioned yet:
The Mutopia Project


Classical and Contemporary Music
The Mutopia Project offers sheet music editions of classical music for free download. These are based on editions in the public domain, and include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, and many others. A team of volunteers are involved in typesetting the music by computer using the LilyPond software. Why not join them?! See the page on how to contribute for more information.

We also host a growing number of modern editions, arrangements and new music. The respective editors, arrangers and composers have chosen to make these works freely available.

Usage of the Music
All of the music on Mutopia may be freely downloaded, printed, copied, distributed, modified, performed and recorded. Music is supplied as PDF files for easy printing on either A4 or US Letter paper. The LilyPond source files are also available, which allow you to make your own editions based on ours. Computer-generated audio previews of the music are available as MIDI files, to give you a rough idea of what the music sounds like.

jefro 04-29-2013 04:17 PM

Andy Alt 04-29-2013 05:39 PM


Originally Posted by jefro (Post 4941391)

Hmmmm... I think I'll pass on this option for now (a little too much "overhead" for my tastes), but I'll keep it in mind. Thanks.


Linux Workaround as submitted by a customer
Sibelius Scorch browser plug-in isn't supported in Linux. Sibelius only provides the plug-in as a direct IE hook or as a Windows or MAC executable. There is no option for a Linux executable.

Using WINE, the Windows Emulator for Linux, run the Windows version of Firefox as well as install the Windows Application plugin for Scorch there-for.
After a small issue with music fonts, everything should work smoothly.

sundialsvcs 04-29-2013 09:04 PM

I use MuseScore to create musical scores. (An exceptional program.) Generally, when distributing them, I've mostly seen people use PDF.

jefro 04-29-2013 09:22 PM

"Using WINE, the Windows Emulator for Linux, run the Windows version of Firefox as well as install the Windows Application plugin for Scorch there-for. After a small issue with music fonts, everything should work smoothly."

Seems kind of easy.

Andy Alt 04-30-2013 09:32 AM

I installed the wine package a couple weeks ago; apparently it was a meta-package. It gave me instructions on how to use dpkg to add 32 bit architecture (I'm normally on a 64-bit system). So I did that, installed wine, and then next time I ran apt-get dist-upgrade, it showed a ton of 32-bit arch files that "needed" to be installed.

Not worth it to me.

sundialsvcs 04-30-2013 02:16 PM

If the program-of-choice that you wish to use ... runs on Windows ... then by all means buy a copy of Windows with which to run it (e.g. in a virtual machine).

You want sheet-music. You judge "a particular piece of software" to be appropriate to your needs. So be it. Buy the software environment that this "killer app" requires, and be done.

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