MusicXML as base for digital purposes

What is a MusicXML file

MusicXML is an open file format that supports the exchange of digital music notes in modern, western notes. The format was introduced by Michael Good in 2000 and has been further developed by software experts and musicians. Until 2011, MusicXML belonged to the company Recordare, which was afterwards acquired by the company MakeMusic. The manufacturer of the well-known music notation software Finale provides the format for license-free use. The important version 3.0 was released in August 2011. A more advanced version 3.1. was released in 2017.

The goal of the developers is a universally valid standard format for the exchange and distribution of digital musical notes. The format uses the method XML (Extensible Markup Language), which represents hierarchically structured data in a text file; this can be read by both machines and humans. The freely available format is already supported by more than 220 music notation applications, software sequencers and music databases.

Based on this platform-independent usage, digitally created music notes can be read, written and exchanged with each software. The information relating to the music notes is arranged in individual structurally ordered data:

Was ist MusicXML?

Photo: Import music file from Sibelius to Finale



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