Transcriptions of Hildegard's Music
I got tired of transcribing Hildegard's music by hand,
so I started looking around for software to help.
Unfortunately (and not surprisingly), I couldn't find
any existing music notation packages that could handle
12th century liturgical notation. So I decided to
make one myself. And in the spirit of open source
software, I hereby present it to anyone who might
want to use it (or to improve upon it).
The entire package is actually made up of a number
of different pieces, of which I only created two
small bits. The pieces that I wrote are hld2mtex,
a script for converting a source file into musixtex format, and
neumes.mf, which defines a font to use for
Hildegard's neumes. The other packages that you need
are TeX, MusiXTeX, and Perl.
All of these packages are platform-independent, and so
should run on any computer.
Here are more detailed descriptions that should explain
If you have any comments, suggestions, requests, or
bug reports, feel free to email me at