Music Writing: Transferring from MuseScore to Sibelius 7

Arrangement, Music Writing, Transferring, Transpose, Trouble Shooting
I have been in the process of transferring all the music I have written over the past year from MuseScore (awesome free music software) to Sibelius 7.  The piano music transfers have been going fine.  Piano to piano translates pretty well.  The problem has occurred when I have tried to transfer the chamber and orchestral scores.  When I played them in Sibelius, many of the instruments were transposed to another key, even though the music looked exactly the same.  And a couple of instruments did not play at all. When I realized what had happened, I felt so foolish.  So, in an effort to keep anyone else from being foolish, here are the two major problems and how to fix them. First, open the file of your choice in MuseScore. …
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Music Writing: Ave Maria Sheet Music

Music Writing, Writing music
So, I have continued to work on the Ave Maria, and decided not to go overboard on the harmonizing. At least, not until I have finished the definitive melody, which I am keeping on the alto line. This is for three reasons. One, I am an alto, and this song is really for me (if I am being honest). Two, I have noticed in most of the songs we sing in my choir, the alto line pretty much just tap dances around the first line E. BORING! Third, I want to let the soprano and mezzosoprano (or soprano 1 and 2) to have a descant and just flit from note to note. Those high warblers like that kind of thing. And the men will be the main harmony to the…
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Music Writing: Ave Maria for Christmas

Arrangement, Creative, Incentive, Music Writing, Writing music
Every year for the longest time, I have written (aka arranged) at least one piece of Christmas music.  This started out in church, where my family often sings or plays instruments.  We couldn’t find solos or duets for songs we wanted with our weird amalgamation of instruments and voices.  So I started arranging the music, and a personal Christmas tradition was born.  This year, I have chosen two: I want to write my own melody for an Ave Maria, and I want to arrange Riu Chiu for a choir.  Whether or not anyone actually sings or plays this remains to be seen, but I don’t care.  I am writing them.  First up… Ave Maria.  I am going to try to write my own melody to this beautiful and poetic prayer.…
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Music Writing: Arrangements My Way

Arrangement, Music Writing, Writing music
Another long loved hobby of mine is writing music.  I grew up in a musical household.  My mother has played piano and organ for churches since before me and my siblings were born.  She taught piano, and started each of us on it when we were about five years old.  I sang in church choirs, played French horn in the school band and at special church services, and even sang solos in our church every so often (as did my sister).  One of the things I grew to love about music was music theory.  Creating something from strange symbols that actually came out of my mind.  Clutter and chaos into rhythm and melody. The first type of music writing I learned to do was arrangement: writing a known song in…
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