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Can MuseScore be used programmatically?

Another option (if this could be allowed as an answer) is to read the XML in LilyPond, perhaps via musicxml2ly. Since LaTeX and LilyPond can work relatively well together, you may have better luck ...
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Why does Musescore interpret Westergaard's A-flat as G? Seeking Clarification on Pitch Spelling

The key signature includes Ab. The first example doesn't use any barlines, so in order to notate Ab after the A natural, one needs to use the flat symbol. The second example notates one note per ...
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How do I have MuseScore continue notes in bass clef thats are input in treble clef?

We call this “cross-staff notation” if this helps you in future searches. The steps: Write all necessary pitches in one staff. In your case, write all upstem notes in the upper staff. Now select the ...
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Can MuseScore be used programmatically?

MuseScore supports MusicXml, so if you can export to that, you're good. According to the command line options of MuseScore, you can use the "-o" options to specify an output format, and it even has ...
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What is this symbol that looks like an elongated "L" on the left-hand piano staff, and how can I write it in Musescore?

As Pat correctly stated, this instructs the performer to play this music with the right hand. You can find this bracket in MuseScore by opening up the Master Palette (press z to open it up). I ...
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Is it possible to learn music theory with MuseScore?

MuseScore certainly lets you enter notes and chords then hear what they sound like. I'd warn you, however, that studying music theory divorced from practical experience of PLAYING the sort of music ...
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How do I use efficient repeats in sheets for pop music?

You could try something like this, using just repeat signs and volta brackets: |-1.,3.-|-2.,4.-| || intro ||: A | B :|| C :|| outro ||
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MuseScore 3 Prevent Grouping (Beaming) Notes

Select the entire area you want unbeamed. In the "Beam Properties" palette, select the unbeamed eighth-note. Starting score Select the region to unbeam On the "Beam Properties" ...
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MuseScore 3: Play Different Instrument per Voice

Instructions, text only Choose your instrument You need an instrument with multiple channels. For example, violin has three channels assigned to it: one for each of arco, pizzicato, and tremolo. To do ...
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Piano Pedal Notation P, Pw, with and without *

Following the hint in Dekkadeci's comment, if this excerpt is from a German publisher, Pw may mean Pedal wieder or Pedal wiederdrücken "pedal again (push)," meaning to momentarily release the pedal. ...
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Notation: grace note played on the beat with a chord

If all the stems point outward, it's easy, as you've noticed. If the note with a different duration is in the middle of the chord, you can write the noteheads slightly out of alignment so they only ...
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MuseScore 3 Prevent Grouping (Beaming) Notes

How prevent Grouping automatically notes? Click on "time signatures" in palettes, select "more" and "create time signature". This opens a window where you can select how ...
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What is the correct placement of portato marks in relation to phrase marks?

The best approach it to place the articulation marks close to the notes and raise (or lower) the phrase marks to "connect" the articulations. Alternatively, you can place the phrase marks ...
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How do you convert a midi file to a guitar sound?

You can Change Instrument to guitar in your MuseScore file. (You can choose from Electric, Acoustic, or Classical.) Then playback will use the guitar sound, and if you export to .mp3 (or whatever) ...
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How should I write a SATB piece in Musescore with respect to its voice soundfont?

It depends. One of the best pieces of advice for writing music in Musescore or any other score editor is to compose with pencil and paper first, sitting at the piano if you have one. Computers are ...
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Simple way to add an additional octave in Musescore?

There is, thankfully! This answer assumes MuseScore 2 or higher. (It may also work on MuseScore 1, but I can't verify that.) Find the group of pitches where you want to add the optional lower octave. ...
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Music Notation (in Musescore) - Ties or Separate Voices?

Is it technically correct or incorrect to express one voice using two? No it does not really matter technically, either works. Is one more readable than another? They both are readable, and in my ...
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Piano chord fingering notation with only 1 finger number for multi-finger chord

"More for less!" - Walmart Fingerings are intended to help you position yourself correctly so that you don't have to go through overtly difficult changes or unnecessary hard work. But, ...
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How can I create a tie or slur that goes to nothing in MuseScore 3 (let ring notation)?

The Laissez Vibrer (let ring) symbol can be found in the articulation palette: The default placement of this symbol is directly above/below the note head (which is annoying), but it can be positioned ...
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Piano notation for trilling just one note in a chord?

I think you should definitely find some way to specify it, just so the performer knows exactly what is expected. Here are a few possible solutions, though I don't claim any of them are 100% factually ...
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Incorrect sheet music notes in MuseScore playback

Not sure if this isn't some kind of prank ;). Musescore's playback system is fine, the note is actually a G. However, the note symbol itself is offset by -0.5sp up and to the left, as visible in the ...
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Is there any way to export parts via command line in Musescore?

Using MuseScore 3 the easiest way to generate parts PDFs is with the json batch conversion. In the same folder where myScore.mscz is located, create a new file myScore_convert.json with the following ...
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Using different dynamics for different staves of the same instrument in MuseScore

In the element inspector, with the dynamic markings selected, change the “dynamic” mode from “part” to “stave”.
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Piano chord fingering notation with only 1 finger number for multi-finger chord

There's a principle when marking up fingering for the benefit of less experienced players that you mark (a) where a non-obvious fingering is needed and (b) when a change of hand position is required. ...
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Divisi in Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

From reviewing the score and a video, it seems clear that Tchaikovsky intended the parts to be played as double stops but most orchestras seem to be dividing it up. There is a section of clearly ...
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What is the best way to notate/convey this ornament?

The ornament you're looking for is called a nachschlag. (See, for example, Trills in Clementi Op. 36 No. 1 2nd movement.) Presuming treble clef, the notation you want will look like an eighth-note B, ...
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First measure with shorter than others in MuseScore

When the first bar of a piece is shorter than the normal bar length, it is called an anacrusis or a pickup. To add an anacrusis, you can change the measure properties (which is what you did), or you ...
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