SmartMusic Finale Garritan MusicXML

Score Elements

    MusicXML™ score.mod module

    Version 3.0
    Copyright © 2004-2011 MakeMusic, Inc.
    This MusicXML™ work is being provided by the copyright
    holder under the MusicXML Public License Version 3.0,
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    Works and movements are optionally identified by number
    and title. The work element also may indicate a link
    to the opus document that composes multiple movements
    into a collection.
<!ELEMENT work (work-number?, work-title?, opus?)>
<!ELEMENT work-number (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT work-title (#PCDATA)>

<!ATTLIST opus

<!ELEMENT movement-number (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT movement-title (#PCDATA)>

    Collect score-wide defaults. This includes scaling
    and layout, defined in layout.mod, and default values
    for the music font, word font, lyric font, and
    lyric language. The number and name attributes in
    lyric-font and lyric-language elements are typically
    used when lyrics are provided in multiple languages.
    If the number and name attributes are omitted, the
    lyric-font and lyric-language values apply to all
    numbers and names.
<!ELEMENT defaults (scaling?, page-layout?,
    system-layout?, staff-layout*, appearance?,
    music-font?, word-font?, lyric-font*, lyric-language*)>

<!ELEMENT music-font EMPTY>
<!ATTLIST music-font
<!ELEMENT word-font EMPTY>
<!ATTLIST word-font
<!ELEMENT lyric-font EMPTY>
<!ATTLIST lyric-font
<!ELEMENT lyric-language EMPTY>
<!ATTLIST lyric-language
    xml:lang NMTOKEN #REQUIRED

    Credit elements refer to the title, composer, arranger,
    lyricist, copyright, dedication, and other text that usually
    appears on the first page of a score. The credit-words
    and credit-image elements are similar to the words and
    image elements for directions. However, since the
    credit is not part of a measure, the default-x and
    default-y attributes adjust the origin relative to the
    bottom left-hand corner of the first page. The
    enclosure for credit-words is none by default.

    By default, a series of credit-words elements within a
    single credit element follow one another in sequence
    visually. Non-positional formatting attributes are carried
    over from the previous element by default.

    The page attribute for the credit element, new in Version
    2.0, specifies the page number where the credit should
    appear. This is an integer value that starts with 1 for the
    first page. Its value is 1 by default. Since credits occur
    before the music, these page numbers do not refer to the
    page numbering specified by the print element's page-number

    The credit-type element, new in Version 3.0, indicates the
    purpose behind a credit. Multiple types of data may be
    combined in a single credit, so multiple elements may be
    used. Standard values include page number, title, subtitle,
    composer, arranger, lyricist, and rights.
<!ELEMENT credit
    (credit-type*, link*, bookmark*,
    (credit-image |
     (credit-words, (link*, bookmark*, credit-words)*)))>
<!ATTLIST credit
<!ELEMENT credit-type (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT credit-words (#PCDATA)>
<!ATTLIST credit-words
<!ELEMENT credit-image EMPTY>
<!ATTLIST credit-image
    source CDATA #REQUIRED

    The part-list identifies the different musical parts in
    this movement. Each part has an ID that is used later
    within the musical data. Since parts may be encoded
    separately and combined later, identification elements
    are present at both the score and score-part levels.
    There must be at least one score-part, combined as
    desired with part-group elements that indicate braces
    and brackets. Parts are ordered from top to bottom in
    a score based on the order in which they appear in the
    Each MusicXML part corresponds to a track in a Standard
    MIDI Format 1 file. The score-instrument elements are
    used when there are multiple instruments per track.
    The midi-device element is used to make a MIDI device
    or port assignment for the given track or specific MIDI
    instruments. Initial midi-instrument assignments may be
    made here as well.

    The part-name-display and part-abbreviation-display
    elements are defined in the common.mod file, as they can
    be used within both the score-part and print elements.
<!ELEMENT part-list (part-group*, score-part,
    (part-group | score-part)*)>
<!ELEMENT score-part (identification?,
    part-name, part-name-display?,
    part-abbreviation?, part-abbreviation-display?,
    group*, score-instrument*,
    (midi-device?, midi-instrument?)*)>
<!ATTLIST score-part

    The part-name indicates the full name of the musical part.
    The part-abbreviation indicates the abbreviated version of
    the name of the musical part. The part-name will often
    precede the first system, while the part-abbreviation will
    precede the other systems. The formatting attributes for
    these elements are deprecated in Version 2.0 in favor of
    the new part-name-display and part-abbreviation-display
    elements. These are defined in the common.mod file as they
    are used in both the part-list and print elements. They
    provide more complete formatting control for how part names
    and abbreviations appear in a score.
<!ELEMENT part-name (#PCDATA)>
<!ATTLIST part-name
<!ELEMENT part-abbreviation (#PCDATA)>
<!ATTLIST part-abbreviation
    The part-group element indicates groupings of parts in the
    score, usually indicated by braces and brackets. Braces
    that are used for multi-staff parts should be defined in
    the attributes element for that part. The part-group start
    element appears before the first score-part in the group.
    The part-group stop element appears after the last
    score-part in the group.
    The number attribute is used to distinguish overlapping
    and nested part-groups, not the sequence of groups. As
    with parts, groups can have a name and abbreviation.
    Formatting attributes for group-name and group-abbreviation
    are deprecated in Version 2.0 in favor of the new
    group-name-display and group-abbreviation-display elements.
    Formatting specified in the group-name-display and
    group-abbreviation-display elements overrides formatting
    specified in the group-name and group-abbreviation
    elements, respectively.

    The group-symbol element indicates how the symbol for
    a group is indicated in the score. Values include none,
    brace, line, bracket, and square; the default is none.
    The group-barline element indicates if the group should
    have common barlines. Values can be yes, no, or
    Mensurstrich. The group-time element indicates that the
    displayed time signatures should stretch across all parts
    and staves in the group. Values for the child elements
    are ignored at the stop of a group.

    A part-group element is not needed for a single multi-staff
    part. By default, multi-staff parts include a brace symbol
    and (if appropriate given the bar-style) common barlines.
    The symbol formatting for a multi-staff part can be more
    fully specified using the part-symbol element, defined in
    the attributes.mod file.
<!ELEMENT part-group (group-name?, group-name-display?,
    group-abbreviation?, group-abbreviation-display?,
    group-symbol?, group-barline?, group-time?, %editorial;)>
<!ATTLIST part-group
    type %start-stop; #REQUIRED
    number CDATA "1"

<!ELEMENT group-name (#PCDATA)>
<!ATTLIST group-name
<!ELEMENT group-name-display
    ((display-text | accidental-text)*)>
<!ATTLIST group-name-display
<!ELEMENT group-abbreviation (#PCDATA)>
<!ATTLIST group-abbreviation
<!ELEMENT group-abbreviation-display
    ((display-text | accidental-text)*)>
<!ATTLIST group-abbreviation-display

<!ELEMENT group-symbol (#PCDATA)>
<!ATTLIST group-symbol

<!ELEMENT group-barline (#PCDATA)>
<!ATTLIST group-barline
<!ELEMENT group-time EMPTY>

    The score-instrument element allows for multiple
    instruments per score-part. As with the score-part
    element, each score-instrument has a required ID
    attribute, a name, and an optional abbreviation. The
    instrument-name and instrument-abbreviation are
    typically used within a software application, rather
    than appearing on the printed page of a score.

    A score-instrument element is also required if the
    score specifies MIDI 1.0 channels, banks, or programs.
    An initial midi-instrument assignment can also
    be made here.

    The instrument-sound and virtual-instrument elements
    are new as of Version 3.0. The instrument-sound element
    describes the default timbre of the score-instrument. This
    description is independent of a particular virtual or
    MIDI instrument specification and allows playback to be
    shared more easily between applications and libraries.
    The virtual-instrument element defines a specific virtual
    instrument used for an instrument sound. The
    virtual-library element indicates the virtual instrument
    library name, and the virtual-name element indicates the
    library-specific name for the virtual instrument.

    The solo and ensemble elements are new as of Version
    2.0. The solo element is present if performance is
    intended by a solo instrument. The ensemble element
    is present if performance is intended by an ensemble
    such as an orchestral section. The text of the
    ensemble element contains the size of the section,
    or is empty if the ensemble size is not specified.
    The midi-instrument element is defined in the common.mod
    file, as it can be used within both the score-part and
    sound elements.
<!ELEMENT score-instrument
    (instrument-name, instrument-abbreviation?,
     instrument-sound?, (solo | ensemble)?,
<!ATTLIST score-instrument
<!ELEMENT instrument-name (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT instrument-abbreviation (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT instrument-sound (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT ensemble (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT virtual-instrument
    (virtual-library?, virtual-name?)>
<!ELEMENT virtual-library (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT virtual-name (#PCDATA)>

    The group element allows the use of different versions of
    the part for different purposes. Typical values include
    score, parts, sound, and data. Ordering information that is
    directly encoded in MuseData can be derived from the
    ordering within a MusicXML score or opus.
<!ELEMENT group (#PCDATA)>

    Here is the basic musical data that is either associated
    with a part or a measure, depending on whether partwise
    or timewise hierarchy is used.
<!ENTITY % music-data
    "(note | backup | forward | direction | attributes |
      harmony | figured-bass | print | sound | barline |
      grouping | link | bookmark)*">

    The score-header entity contains basic score metadata
    about the work and movement, score-wide defaults for
    layout and fonts, credits that appear on the first page,
    and the part list.
<!ENTITY % score-header
    "(work?, movement-number?, movement-title?,
      identification?, defaults?, credit*, part-list)">

    The score is the root element for the DTD. It includes
    the score-header entity, followed either by a series of
    parts with measures inside (score-partwise) or a series
    of measures with parts inside (score-timewise). Having
    distinct top-level elements for partwise and timewise
    scores makes it easy to ensure that an XSLT stylesheet
    does not try to transform a document already in the
    desired format. The document-attributes entity includes the
    version attribute and is defined in the common.mod file.
<![ %partwise; [
<!ELEMENT score-partwise (%score-header;, part+)>
<!ATTLIST score-partwise
<!ELEMENT part (measure+)>
<!ELEMENT measure (%music-data;)>
<![ %timewise; [
<!ELEMENT score-timewise (%score-header;, measure+)>
<!ATTLIST score-timewise
<!ELEMENT measure (part+)>
<!ELEMENT part (%music-data;)>
    In either format, the part element has an id attribute that
    is an IDREF back to a score-part in the part-list. Measures
    have a required number attribute (going from partwise to
    timewise, measures are grouped via the number).
<!ATTLIST part
    The implicit attribute is set to "yes" for measures where
    the measure number should never appear, such as pickup
    measures and the last half of mid-measure repeats. The
    value is "no" if not specified.
    The non-controlling attribute is intended for use in
    multimetric music like the Don Giovanni minuet. If set
    to "yes", the left barline in this measure does not
    coincide with the left barline of measures in other
    parts. The value is "no" if not specified.

    In partwise files, the number attribute should be the same
    for measures in different parts that share the same left
    barline. While the number attribute is often numeric, it
    does not have to be. Non-numeric values are typically used
    together with the implicit or non-controlling attributes
    being set to "yes". For a pickup measure, the number
    attribute is typically set to "0" and the implicit attribute
    is typically set to "yes". Further details about measure
    numbering can be defined using the measure-numbering
    element defined in the direction.mod file

    Measure width is specified in tenths. These are the
    global tenths specified in the scaling element, not
    local tenths as modified by the staff-size element.
    The width covers the entire measure from barline
    or system start to barline or system end.
<!ATTLIST measure
    number CDATA #REQUIRED
    implicit %yes-no; #IMPLIED
    non-controlling %yes-no; #IMPLIED
    width %tenths; #IMPLIED