Productions using LilyPond

Here you can read about people who actually use LilyPond in their productions, be it for performances of their music or as published scores. The list is limited to works released as public domain or under open content licenses.

Performances and Concerts

LilyPond engravings have been used for performances around the world. Some highlights:

  • Marc Hohl has written musical scores for children and adolescents. Engraved using LilyPond (with LaTeX) and available for free, in German, from, all of the music was performed on stage at the School where Marc works.
  • Aurélien Bello arranged a version of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier for four singers and a chamber orchestra of thirteen players. This was a commission by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra who performed it in 2015 at the Baden-Baden and also at the Berlin. We are pleased to see musicians of such reputation playing from LilyPond scores (who were reportedly very happy with them).

    Aurélien also re-orchestrated Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner for a family concert (ages 7 and above). It was written for a standard symphony orchestra, but with a reduced cast of singers and was performed by the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Berlin in 2014 at the Atze Musiktheater, Berlin. The Conductor was Heiko Matthias Förster.

    Another re-orchestration by Aurélien was Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an exhibition which he also conducted for the Junge Philharmonie Brandenburg in 2011 and again in 2012.

  • Joe Smeets created sheet music for the children’s book Zing Mee (Sing along) by Annie M.G. published by Querido – ISBN 9789045106205. He also worked on the score and parts for an arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov for wind quartet, piano and percussion which was performed in 2014 by Muziektheater Hollands Diep.

    Joe also created the choir rehearsal scores for the Dutch translation of Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicolas which was performed in 2011 by Muziektheater Hollands Diep see

  • Luca Rossetto Casel, for his Ph.D. thesis, created a critical edition of Tommaso Traetta’s Enea nel Lazio (1760), opera seria on a libretto by Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, in four parts: Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four
  • Kieren MacMillan, composer and musical director of many works including; Go Thy Way, performed by the Salt Lake Choral Artists in 2012; The Just Out of Reach Suite performed by the Chrysalis Duo; and thrafsmata performed by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble in 2011.
  • Mike Solomon was the winner of 172 entries from 22 countries for the 2011 Left Coast Composition Contest with his work Anonymous Student Compliment or Complaint.

    Other works for Mike include, Norman (age 1) for clarinet solo, performed at the University of Florida’s Electroacoustic Music Festival (FEMF) in October 2010.

  • Thomas Griffin, Musicologist (Rome, Italy), edited a modern edition of the Serenata Erminia by Alessandro Scarlatti, which was performed in 2010 at the Galleria of the Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano, Naples, Italy in celebration of the composer’s 350th birthday. See
  • Nicolas Sceaux engraved the work of Lully’s Armide which was performed by Mercury Baroque in 2009.

    Nicolas also engraved the instrumental excerpts from Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie which were performed by Frederick Renz and his ensemble at St. James’s Church, Manhattan, New York in 2009. See Early Music New York.

  • Valentin Villenave engraved a libretto of Affaire étrangère, an opera by Lewis Trondheim, which was premiered in 2009 at the L’Opéra National de Montpellier, France.

Published sheet music

Sheet libraries

  • Mutopia Project, with over 2000 pieces of classical sheet music for free download, is the main showcase of LilyPond scores. Every piece comes with its LilyPond source file, allowing you to learn from other typesetters and also make your own edition.
  •, started in 2005, collects over 800 scores of baroque music. The archive includes scores, separate parts and midi files, distributed with a Creative Commons license and available to subscribers only.
  • Partitura Organum is a growing collection of organ pieces in the public domain, typeset by LilyPond and distributed under a Creative Commons license.
  • Clairnote offers free sheet music in Clairnote notation. Clairnote is an alternative notation system that aims to make music easier to read and understand. The scores on the website are taken from Mutopia and other online resources and then converted to Clairnote’s own notation.

Sheet source repositories

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