If you've ever seen a composer sat at a piano, writing a tune by scribbling dots onto special music paper, you've probably been tempted to have a go yourself. And the first question you've probably asked yourself is "how come he's doing it by hand, and isn't there a computer program to do it?".
Needless to say, there are such programs available. And because they're often aimed at professional musicians, they tend to cost hundreds of dollars a time.
Forte 6, released just a couple of days ago, is the latest version of a music scoring program which doesn't cost the earth. Actually, the basic version is completely free of charge, and does pretty much everything that you might want. You can drag and drop your notes straight onto the paper, and edit them as you wish. And there's no need to be an accomplished musician, as the program will play your composition as you go, so you can hear how it sounds.
You'll find the free version of Forte 6 at http://www.fortenotation.com/en/transaction/downloads/ along with links to all the other versions too. It's a 34 MB download, and malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust. It should work on all recent versions of Windows - I tried it on 8.1 and it worked perfectly.
So release your inner Chopin and give it a try.
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