I'm looking for the typical fonts appearing in classical music scores, like the ones here:

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where you can see some Allegretto, and also a leggiero, some numbers too, and mf.

And also, what fonts are those used in software like Sibelius, Encore... that looks like Real Book's handwritten font?

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    The hand-drawn lettering on the bottom music sheet looks to be actually hand written and not a font as you can see that letters that appear more than once don't match up, like 'O', 'E' and 'N'.
    – SaturnsEye
    May 14, 2014 at 9:13
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    @SaturnsEye its possible to have a font that changes the ligature as you type so that it would cycle trough different variations of letters making it seem more natural.
    – joojaa
    May 14, 2014 at 11:50
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    @joojaa oh right, I've never heard of letters cycling before. News to me! :)
    – SaturnsEye
    May 14, 2014 at 13:09
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    @joojaa ;) In fact I asked about that here. I don't know if that example is handwritten or not, but I know that font exists in music sheet editors, and it wouldn't be very difficult for me to find that one.
    – Andrestand
    May 15, 2014 at 8:06

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I believe that the "Allegretto" is a bold Times New Roman.

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One of the more popular music notation software programs is Finale (at least that was the case when I was in high school). Finale is bundled with a bunch of fonts that you'll recognize if you use sheet music with any kind of regularity:

  • Broadway Copyist Font
  • Engraver Font
  • Finale Alpha Notes Font
  • Finale Copyist Text Font
  • Finale Lyrics Font
  • Finale Mallets Font
  • Finale Numerics Font
  • Finale Percussion Font
  • Jazz Font
  • Maestro Font

These cover pretty much all musical notation you could ask for. For lettering specifically, look to these:

Finale Copyist Text
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Broadway Copyist Text
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Not sure if these exact fonts are available for licensing outside of the software.


Finale Character Sets

Finale Alternative Music Fonts


Steinberg has made available a number of very complete, SMuFL-compatible music sheet fonts, of which Bravura (in OTF, SVG, WOFF & EOT format)


and Petaluma (1350 glyphs)


are freely available under the SIL Open Font License.


It's not difficult to find some "jazz fonts" in the internet:

Sibelius software uses Jazz Inkpen:

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Also: JazzFont.com.


The handwritten example uses a number of fonts:

The violin clef: RussMusic (see https://elbsound.studio/music-font-comparison.php?font=RussMusic )

The time signature: probably a text font, could be AshAlpha (from the AshMusic font, same publisher as RussMusic)

The rests look like from a NorFont (RealScore, BopMusic, etc.), see https://www.facebook.com/norfonts .

The chords and the song title is probably handwritten, too many deviations between similar characters. An overview of handwritten text fonts for this jazz style can be found here: https://elbsound.studio/text-fonts-free-download.php#handwritten

It's possible to create this look in Finale. Examples are available here: https://elbsound.studio/realbook-look.php#examples


Simplified Arabic Fixed, this is common in typed simplified sheet music.

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