Music Engraving

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I can create publication-quality musical examples for your book or article using Finale notation software.

For each example, you will receive the Finale file, a PDF, and a high-resolution image in PNG, JPG, and/or TIFF format, depending on your needs. If your publisher has specifications for the size or resolution of images, let me know in advance, but I can always generate new images if necessary.

Experience

I have been using Finale since 2003 as an arranger, composer, and educator.

I prepared some of the examples in Annegret Fauser’s The Politics of Musical Identity: Selected Essays (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2015).

Requirements

I can work from images of published scores or neat manuscripts (no messy sketches!). Any texts (lyrics, expression marks, etc.) written in Latin script are fine, but if it’s in a language other than English, German, Latin, or a common Romance language, I may ask you to provide me with the text in a Word document. My ability to reproduce non-standard notation depends on what Finale can and can’t do.

Cost

For each example, there is a $3 base fee, plus a cost per frame (non-empty measure) of between $0.25 and $5.00, depending on overall complexity and the amount of special formatting needed. (Most music will be in the $0.50-$2.00 range.) Frames that are exact duplicates are only counted once.

Within reason, I will make any necessary edits for no additional charge.

Disclaimer

It is your responsibility to make sure you obtain the necessary permissions to reproduce any examples.

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Samples

Every project is different, but these samples are provided to give a sense of my work and rates. Fonts for lyrics, staff names, and other text can be changed upon request.

Example 1: Georg Philipp Telemann, Fantasia in D minor

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Frames: 14 (counting the pickup, but not counting measure 5, which is an exact duplicate of measure 1)

Cost per frame: $0.50 (straightforward, with no formatting complications, but could be even simpler)

Total cost (including base fee): $10.00

Example 2: Arnold Schoenberg, “Ich darf nicht dankend” (Op. 14, no. 1)

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Frames: 19 (7 measures x 3 staves, minus the two measures of rest at the beginning of the vocal line)

Cost per frame: $1.00 (relatively simple texture; complicating factors include chromaticism, manual adjustment of slurs and articulation marks, and multiple layers in some measures of the piano part)

Total cost (including base fee): $22.00

Example 3: Fanny Hensel, Four Lieder for Piano, Op. 2, no. 4

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Frames: 12 (6 measures x 2 staves)

Cost per frame: $2.00 (while the outer layers are very simple, cross-staff beaming is a giant pain involving a lot of manual adjustment of individual notes and beams)

Total cost (including base fee): $27.00

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