[Smt-talk] Creating graphs with Sibelius

Mark Ansoncartwright Mark.Ansoncartwright at qc.cuny.edu
Thu Jun 26 17:01:20 PDT 2014

Dear all,

I am writing to say thank you to the more than two dozen people who kindly replied off-list to my query about using Sibelius to make Schenkerian graphs.

There are two broad schools of thought with regard to the task of creating notation that Sibelius wasn't really designed to make (namely, one that largely ignores the conventions of meter and beaming).

School 1 basically says: Use Adobe Illustrator to edit a graph created with Sibelius that is not yet precisely the way you want it to look. (Illustrator and other vector-based image editors have a flexibility that Sibelius evidently lacks.)

School 2 says: Try to accomplish all of the editing using only Sibelius.

I want to see if I can achieve the desired result by following School 2 (and thereby avoid buying Adobe Illustrator). I won't be able to share news of my (anticipated) success for at least a few weeks, since I'll be on vacation.

In the meantime, I'd like to share the following link (thanks to Mark Richards for alerting me to this), which may prove to be a useful starting point for anyone who is in a similar situation to mine:


If anyone seeks further tips, I would be happy to share more info that I have gathered off-list.


Mark Anson-Cartwright  
From: Mark Ansoncartwright
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 3:56 PM
To: smt-talk at societymusictheory.org
Cc: Mark Ansoncartwright
Subject: Creating graphs with Sibelius

Dear all,

Does anyone have any advice about using Sibelius software to set Schenkerian graphs? I invested in version 7 and, as far as I can tell, it's not amenable to this kind of notation.

Please reply off list.

Thank you,

Mark Anson-Cartwright
Queens College and Graduate Center, CUNY
Mark.AnsonCartwright at qc.cuny.edu

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