Forte (notation program)

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Forte notation program
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Forte application interface
Developer(s)Lugert Verlag GmbH
Stable release
Forte 12 / 2020; 2 years ago (2020)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Available inGerman, English
TypeScorewriter (Music notation)
LicenseProprietary software

Forte is a music notation program developed by the German company Lugert Verlag, located in Handorf. Its name is derived from the dynamic marking of forte. The program is available in both German and English.[1][2]


The Lugert publishing house, which developed the Forte software, had its beginnings in 1981 when Wulf-Dieter Lugert and Volker Schütz were preparing popular music for higher education courses. The use of popular music in the classroom was unusual in Germany at the time. In 1998 the principals formed a publishing house, which subsequently became known as Lugert Verlag. The firm later diversifie, producing magazines and audio media and selling musical instruments.[3][4] Forte, their score-writing program, was first released in 2005.[disputed ]


The program can import MIDI, MusicXML and karaoke files, as well as the CapXML file format of the Capella notation program,[1][2] and can export songs in MIDI and MusicXML formats for sharing with other tools such as the open-source MuseScore and LilyPond programs. It also allows users to save music scores as JPEG, TIFF or EPS files. Three of its tools include the Music Ruler, which allows users to enter notes; the audio sequencer, which allows users to record or import audio and play it in conjunction with their composition; and the complex scores, which allows users to write elaborate pieces. Recent versions of the program feature the ability to automatically transpose notated music among various keys, while their ScanScore 2 module performs optical music recognition on medium- to high-resolution PDF, JPEG, TIFF or PNG files of music score images, generating reasonably accurate MusicXML input for further processing within the main Forte program; this feature, however, is only available in the company's Premium edition.[5]


Forte is available in several editions, with the more expensive Premium edition implementing full functionality while the Home and Basic editions have more limited capabilities, such as the number of staves, voices and verses supported. An education edition and a specialist version designed for hymn and worship music are also available.[6][7][8][9][10]

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  1. ^ a b TopTenREVIEWS:
    Forte Home 2013 | Music Notation Software | Compose Music Archived 2013-01-31 at the Wayback Machine
    Forte 3 Premium Archived 2012-12-23 at the Wayback Machine
    2013 Music Notation Software Comparisons and Reviews Archived 2013-01-24 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Ronnie Currey (16 April 2009). ""Forte" Notation Software: A Review". Music Teacher's Helper Blog. Archived from the original on 2013-03-23. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Geschichte des Lugert Verlags: Und alles begann mit einer Schreibmaschine…" [History of the Lugert publishing house: It all began with a typewriter] (in German). Lugert Verlag. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  4. ^ "FORTE Unveils FORTE 6 Musical Notation Software". electronic musician. 4 December 2014. Archived from the original on 19 September 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  5. ^ FORTE 11 and ScanScore 2 – Sheet Music Digitized, 6 Nov. 2019, ScanScore. Accessed 25 April 2020.
  6. ^ ""Forte" Editions". Forte. Archived from the original on 2015-04-19. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Buy FORTE » Forte Notation". Forte/Lugert Verlag. Archived from the original on 2012-12-31. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Product Tour » Forte Notation". Forte/Lugert Verlag. Archived from the original on 2013-01-07. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Forte" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  10. ^ "FORTE 4 ab 23.11. – Die Preise im Überblick!" (in German). Lugert Verlag. 21 November 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 27 January 2013.

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