Introducing Bravura, the first SMuFL-compliant font

In addition to launching SMuFL at the Music Encoding Conference in Mainz today, Steinberg has also today made available a pre-release version of the first SMuFL-compliant music font, called Bravura.

Bravura is a music font that 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 licensed under the SIL Open Font License (OFL), which means that it is free to download with very few restrictions on its use: it can be bundled with free and commercial software, embedded in documents, and even used as the basis for new fonts. The only restrictions of note are that the font cannot be sold on its own; any derivative font (i.e. any font that uses even a single glyph from Bravura) cannot use the name “Bravura”; and that any derivative font must also be released under the same Open Font License.

You can read more about the design process of Bravura on the Steinberg blog, and you can download the pre-release version of Bravura from this page.