Nice text font for music

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benwiggy
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Nice text font for music

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Amid all the hubbub from Capitol Hill yesterday, I noticed an image of a Congress (or Senate) motion paper, and of course my first thoughts were: Ooh, that looks like a nice font for music! :lol:

After finding a PDF of a motion paper, I discovered that the font is called De Vinne, and it's a nice text font along the lines of MT Modern, Old Standard, Nepomuk, etc. (They use it with ITC Cheltenham Bold for headings.)

https://www.fonts.com/font/bitstream/de-vinne

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Nice design, but I would want a sturdier variant for most uses. ("Caption" vs. "Text")

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It reminds me very much of Neoplanta BG, which is free.
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OCTO wrote:
09 Jan 2021, 11:21
It reminds me very much of Neoplanta BG, which is free.
or Old Standard, which is also free, all of which are traditional Modern or "Scotch" faces. MT Modern is my preferred typeface for music. It's the closest text face to the dynamic symbols and numbers like time sigs -- except it's terrible for lyrics, so in choosing something else for lyrics, I use that (Kepler) consistently throughout. (Kepler somehow manages to look Modern and Humanist and Transitional all at once.)

When I have 'a spare moment', I plan to produce some additional styles of MT Modern that fill in the gaps of useful weights.

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Similarly I used before Modern No20, but the italic is missing.
I love Old Standard too, but I have difficulty with the "f" italic.

I find that the main issue with all these fonts is discrepancy between thin lines and fat lines, somehow the thin lines are too thin, thus disappearing from page. Unfortunately there is no tool available to do that properly (=embolden thin lines only), and so anyone who wish to tweak a font needs to do it manually.

Here are three versions, the top one is my Muzitex v3, that really stands out, without trouble for reading, I think I still wait for a proper font to replace it fully:
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Oh, I know this font! De Vinne was introduced in the 1890s and was a fairly popular face into the '30s. The modern variants of the family are less heightened, especially the capitals.

I'm doing background research for a critical edition of this score from 1911. About a third of the book was set very beautifully in De Vinne--the remainder considerably less beautifully in a face I haven't yet identified. Sadly, we don't know what manufacturer was involved.

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OCTO wrote:
09 Jan 2021, 23:02
Here are three versions, the top one is my Muzitex v3, that really stands out, without trouble for reading, I think I still wait for a proper font to replace it fully:
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What a beautiful G-clef. Well, not only the G-clef, I love the F clef and the minims as well (or half notes? I mean these: :5 ).
May I ask which music font is that?

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It is font Vienna, used in Finale.
I do love that font too, and yes half notehead is one of the finest among all fonts in my opinion.
It is based on SCORE.
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