Nugget 6: Finale

“OPUS is a musical score capture system that produces a display of a conventional musical score from data obtained by playing a musical keyboard. OPUS is designed to allow incremental input of an arbitrarily complicated score (full orchestra with chorus, for example), editing pages of the score, and hard copy of the final result with separate parts for individual instruments.”

“A composer could hear his composition while it was in progress, particularly if it were more complex than he was able to play. He could also bypass the incredibly tedious chore of redoing the score and producing the parts by hand.”

– Kay & Goldberg

I chose these nuggets because I thought they were interesting for a couple of reasons. One, as a musician, it’s refreshing for individuals not necessarily in the music field to have interest in musical notation and computational software. Second, the imaginative ingenuity and genius that is mentioned above exists today. All throughout my high school career, I was a percussionist in my high school’s marching band. Because I loved (and still love) to play drums, I would often write music down in notational form so that I could play rhythms over and over. To take that further, I discovered that actual software does exist that makes one able to use a computer, write music, play it back and/or save it as an mp3 file to put into iTunes, and even print it to give out to performers. After researching and discovering such software, I saved my money, and I bought a revolutionary software called Finale.

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Finale is a music notational software in which all of the capabilities mentioned above in the Kay & Goldberg nugget come to life. Once I received my copy of the software, I instantly installed it on my computer and began writing what would become hundreds of pieces of music in my personal portfolio. Not only did I unleash my creative side and bring some of my most intense beats to life, I was able to share my thoughts and my ideas with others. That is what truly made Finale so special. So, the next time you read about a fantastical software or computer capability, the odds are that the innovation may be just around the corner, or it may already exist. You just have to know where to look.

Just for reference, here are a few pieces that I composed and made into mp3 audio files for playback using the Finale music notation software: