Fonts

This page contains information about SMuFL-compliant music fonts.

Bravura

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The first SMuFL-compliant music font family is Bravura, designed by Daniel Spreadbury at Steinberg for its in-development scoring application.

Bravura draws on the heritage of the finest European music engraving of the 19th and early 20th centuries, with a bolder and more substantial look than most other music fonts: thin strokes are slightly thicker than in other fonts, improving the overall “blackness” of the font and its legibility when read at a distance.

Bravura is currently at version 1.204, which implements SMuFL 1.2.

The Bravura font family consists of two fonts: Bravura, which is intended for use in scoring applications; and Bravura Text, which is intended for use in text-based applications.

The Bravura font family is available as an OpenType font with PostScript outlines, in SVG font format, in Web Open Font Format (WOFF), and in Embedded Open Type (EOT) format, implementing all of the glyphs in SMuFL version 1.0, and also implementing all of the glyphs in the Unicode Musical Symbols range (U+1D100–U+1D1DD), of which SMuFL is a superset.

The Bravura font family is made available under the SIL Open Font License, which means that the fonts are free to download, use, embed, redistribute with other software (including commercial software) or to create derivative versions. The only restrictions on its use are that they cannot be sold on their own, any derivative versions cannot use the reserved font name “Bravura”, and any derivative versions must likewise also be licensed under the SIL Open Font License. For more information about the SIL Open Font License, read the answers to these Frequently Asked Questions.

If you make any improvements or additions to Bravura, you are invited to submit those improvements to Steinberg for consideration for inclusion in the font. Please consider allowing others in the community to benefit from any improvements you make by allowing Steinberg to improve the core font, rather than choosing to create a derivative font.

Download Bravura 1.204 (.zip)

November 2.0

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The first commercial SMuFL-compliant font is November 2.0, by composer, pianist, software developer and font designer Robert Piéchaud, is available for sale from Klemm Music.

November was one of the first digital music typefaces to mimic the slightly weathered look of traditional music engraving, with its slightly rounded terminals producing a warmer image through its carefully reproduced imperfections, just as the metal punches used in engraving would wear away slightly after years of repeated use. November 2.0 adds hundreds of new symbols, and is now fully SMuFL-compliant.

November 2.0 is available as an OpenType font with PostScript outlines. Note that November 2.0 is sold under a commercial license, with options for single users and multi-user organisations (such as schools). The font may not be freely redistributed, or used to create derivative versions without the express permission of the designer and copyright holder.

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