Nightingale

Nigel Morgan has been using the score-writing software Nightingale for the last 5 years. All the study scores available for download from this website were created in Nightingale X, the Macintosh version for OSX, and then converted into PDF using Adobe Acrobat. The reason for using Nightingale rather than the heavy-weights Sibelius or Finale is largely due to the flexibility Nightingale offers in the handling of bar lengths and time-signatures. Unlike Sibelius and Finale the bar-line is a graphic and the software will read time-signature information coded into a MIDIfile. When Nigel is using the Symbolic Composer environment to develop the compositional ideas in his scores the output file is a MIDIfile segmented into what in SCOM are called zones. This segmentation provides a map for time-signatures. The SCOM output file is then put into the Metro sequencer and the time-signature scheme for the composition organised there. When the Metro Midifile is read by Nightingale all the time-signature information is displayed – flawlessly. In today’s music, especially in writing for solo instruments, time-signatures are often unnecessary. Nightingale’s graphic bar line makes organising complex rhythmic passages a breeze. The software is also able to cope with realising complex tuplets, and even compound irrationals. And the composer needn’t worry about the possibility of bars not adding up when that is necessary – Nightingale has a feature to check the rhythmical contents of a bar against its time-signature. The support given by Adept Music Notation Solutions for Nightingale has been consistently brilliant! Please visit theĀ Nightingale website for further information.