Reprinted with permission from Music Analysis East and West, Walter B. Hewlett and Eleanor Selfridge-Field, eds., MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2006, pp. 9-20. Computing in Musicology 14. Copyright © 2006 Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities.
We describe recent features and implementations of MusicXML 1.1 (May 2005). Current uses include the import and export of music notation files, the acquisition of scanned images of music, the support of digital music stands, and various applications in music education and research. As of November 2005, fifty applications have shipped or announced support for the MusicXML format, making it the first widely adopted format for symbolic music representation since MIDI. We discuss future directions, including the evolution of MusicXML from an interchange format to a distribution format.