Monthly Archives: January 2010

Musicians love helpful software

Blair Ashby (Denver, Colorado, United States) – Music producer and sound engineer.

 “I like that Pizzicato is so different from a midi sequencer that it makes me think different about music and my compositions.  Thank you, I think Pizzicato will help me get to the next level.  I finished composing three different CDs in December and realized I was bored with my musical style so I started looking for a program which would make me think different.  I am glad I purchased yours. On Friday last week a small record label asked me for three songs and I am going to try to do the the foundation work in Pizzicato.

Philip Thomas (East Dummerston, VT, United States) – Lead music engraver Oxford University Press, New York Office, 1999-2005. Currently working as a freelance engraver for the finest classical music publishers in the U.S. and Europe.

“Anyone looking for affordable music notation software will find that Pizzicato has powerful and comprehensive features. But what really sets Pizzicato apart is its vast array of compostion tools which are simple to use yet profound in scope and depth. Dominique Vandenneucker has designed a brilliant program which is sure to grow in stature and popularity as more users around the world spread the word about this remarkable software.”

Roy Galloway (Lake Country, BC, Canada) – Chorist

“I have been intending to write this letter for some time now to tell you how much I enjoy my beginner’s version 3.3.1 of the Pizzicato program. I sing with a men’s 4 part choir. Since I don’t sight read music I surfed the internet to find a program that would allow me to type in the music that I was to sing, and play it back so that I could more easily learn my part. I really didn’t think that I would find anything suitable.

Then voila, your web site with demos of your wonderful program, showing what it would do and how that it does it. I have now typed in nearly all of my music and I easily learn my parts by listening to the tireless piano player that you have given me. The versatility and ease of use of this program never ceases to amaze me and the fact that a manual and a complete music course accompanies it is just super. I am also, so pleased with the quick and accurate answers that you have given me to the very few questions that I needed to ask. I also enjoy the free newsletter.

The choir, now has good copies of their music in all 4 parts and I have been able to make CD’s to facilitate them in learning their parts. I just wanted you to know that your program has made learning to sing so much easier and more enjoyable for me and my choir mates. Thank you !”

Alain Philibert (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada) – Author-composer, guitar and piano.

“I am playing and composing music for years. I took piano lessons during 5 years between 11 and 16. When I was 18 years old I learnt guitar on my own. At this time I composed my first songs, music and lyrics. To conserve my music, I wrote songs on paper, lyrics and chords, and recorded them on tracks. At the end of the nineties, I searched for a software which could help me to write my scores. The only ones I found were unaffordable. Then I discovered Pizzicato. At first use, I was dazzled ! And for this period, I have always appreciated improvements of the software.”

Zlatoje Pajcic (Germany) – Zlatoje Pajcic is a composer and publisher in Hamburg.

 “I was born in 1957 in Sombor (Yugoslavia), where I started my musical career studying harmony, counterpoint and composition with Prof. Milos Lalosevic, later studying the Tamburitza with Prof. Lazar Malagurski in Subotica, as well as playing clarinet in middle school. I have several TV-performances with Tamburitza orchestras I have organized, and in 1987 I had a 6 month engagement in Copenhagen. Since 1991 I have been a freelance musician living in Hamburg, and I am currently working on an extensive series of tutorial books for Tamburitza, played alone and in groups. I have so far completed 10 volumes. I am also writing arrangements and transcriptions for these instruments, and have founded “Tamburitza Publications” to publish sheet music for Tamburitza.

Pzzicato is an expert system. We have 3 levels of scorewriting programs:

1. Scorewriter – These programs are for writing notes and publishing, but no generating of anything or processing of musical data. Some of them can recognize the chords. None have graphical editors.

2. Scorewriter -scorewriting, and composing-arranging features – These programs can have some intelligent functions like chord recognition, intelligent paste on simple basis, for example to “split voices”. But we must duplicate the stave or other elements so many times or be so careful not to delete something that it is annoying.

3. Expert systems – That is the highest level of full musical workstation seen from all aspects. Pizzicato is one of them. Only two such software we can find on the market. Pizzicato is the most modern software for: scorewriting, composing, music editing, music processing, experimenting, chord recognition, generating the score based on chord recognition and using the custom libraries, easy combining of several scores to play together on the same chord progression, very big scores with unlimited number of staves, playing ornaments and grace note, graphical editors, work with many documents at the same time, very good manual, very accurate MIDI, up to sixteen MIDI in/outs supported and much more…

I think, Mr. Dominique Vandenneucker should warn the people who just purchased Pizzicato with the words “If you just purchased Pizzicato, don’t forget to eat something and get some sleep in advance because you will not be able to leave it quickly!”


 Mona Lei (Switzerland) – Composer, born in Bucarest (Rumania). Mona Lei has been living for more than 20 years in Geneva. She is a professional musician. In the eighties, she obtained the music teacher certificate (music theory, harmony, counterpoint, etc.) at the Music Conservatory of Bucarest.

“While searching for a music notation software to transcribe the manuscript of one of my classical compositions, I was informed about the existence of the website, by a friend working in computers. For my first experimentations with Pizzicato I realized that it had a lot of qualities: fast access to music writing technique, practical aspect of this technique, easy to use and in the same time a real possibility to exploit musical richness.

Really, what I immediately appreciated (compared to other softwares I used before) was the natural of Pizzicato. It was like using a paper music sheet, a pencil and an eraser. The big advantage is that the further I advance in my creation, the further I can modify the structure of my work, adding or erasing measures, staves, pages, instruments, etc. I have total freedom and I feel grateful to Pizzicato for that.

Now I work without keyboard, because I compose by playing piano. Then, I transcribe and listen to the result on the computer. Using this technique I recently wrote the cantate “To Jean-Sébastien” (18 minutes), a work which was interpreted in September 26th 2005 in Zürich under the aegis of UNICEF by the Terpsychords quartet, the OSR 1st oboist, Jerome Capeille, the pianist Anne Boëls and soloists of the Zürich Great Orchestra.

P.S. : For those who still have difficulties to write triplets and other rhythmic sequences, I had some difficulties too, but after some days of practice, there was nothing to it.”

Published by Françoise Delsaux (Arpege Music Software Development)

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