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.


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

  • Aurélien Bello has arranged a version of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier for four singers and a chamber orchestra of thirteen players. This has been commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra whose members will be the performers on April 2nd and 6th at the Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden, and on April 26th in the Philharmonie (großer Saal), Berlin. We are pleased to see musicians of such reputation playing from LilyPond scores – and they are reportedly very happy with them.

    Aurélien has also re-orchestrated Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner to a 100-minute version for children. Written for a standard symphony orchestra, but with a reduced cast of singers, it was performed by the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Berlin in April 2014 at the Atze Musiktheater, Berlin. The Conductor was Heiko Matthias Förster.

  • Joe Smeets created sheet music for the children’s book Zing Mee (Sing along) by Annie M.G. published by Querido – ISBN 9789045106205; choir rehearsal scores for the Dutch translation of Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicolas performed by Muziektheater Hollands Diep in 2011; He has 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, again by Muziektheater Hollands Diep.
  • A critical edition of Tommaso Traetta’s Enea nel Lazio (1760), opera series with libretto by Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, in four parts: Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four Created by Luca Rossetto Casel for his Ph.D. Thesis.
  • Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an exhibition, was re-orchestrated and conducted by Aurélien Bello with the Junge Philharmonie Brandenburg in October 2011 and April 2012.
  • Kieren MacMillan, composer and musical director. His many, recent works include; Go Thy Way, performed by the Salt Lake Choral Artists in March 2012; The Just Out of Reach Suite performed by the Chrysalis Duo ; thrafsmata performed in July 2011 by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.
  • Anonymous Student Compliment or Complaint, by Mike Solomon, winner chosen from among 172 entries from 22 countries of the 2011 Left Coast Composition Contest. Other works include, Norman (age 1) for clarinet solo, performed at the University of Florida’s Electroacoustic Music Festival (FEMF), October 2010.
  • A modern edition of the Serenata Erminia by Alessandro Scarlatti, edited by Thomas Griffin, Musicologist (Rome, Italy). Performed on 22 October 2010 in the Galleria of the Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano, Naples, Italy. Alessandro Scarlatti 2010, in celebration of the composer’s 350th birthday.
  • Mercury Baroque’s performance of Lully’s Armide, May 15-16, 2009, in Houston, Texas (engraving by Nicolas Sceaux).
  • Instrumental excerpts from Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie at St. James’s Church in Manhattan, May 8, 2009, by Frederick Renz and his ensemble Early Music New York (engraving by Nicolas Sceaux).
  • Affaire étrangère, an opera by Valentin Villenave to a French libretto by Lewis Trondheim, premiered February 1, 2009 at 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 is an alternative notation system that aims at making music easier to read and understand. The website offers free sheet music in Clairnote notation; the pieces are taken from Mutopia and other online resources and then converted to Clairnote notation.

Sheet source repositories

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