Catalog of Music SymbolsThis excerpt from our Music Font Comparison symbol catalog shows some hard-to-find music symbols that are not included in Finale's or Sibelius' standard fonts.
Before using these symbols, make sure their use is best practice and that they are understandable for the musician. For example a "Three Bar Repeat" symbol exists, but is usually not applied to lead sheet or jazz notation.
The different fermatas may be known to a "contemporary music expert", but not to the more "classical musician".
A "fixed" arpeggio down symbol might be necessary in some situations, in other a symbol created from a wiggle line and a triangle tip is much more flexible (e.g. a Custom Line in Finale).
In doubt add a short explanation at the first occurence in the score.
The images include the font name (abbreviated if too wide) and the symbol code from the character map.
The symbols were automatically scaled to an "average symbols size" so they are in general better comparable - unless the have completely different metrics (e.g. most triangle fermatas are in landscape mode, while a few are in portrait mode). In a few cases they still have rather different sizes in the images (e.g. Breath Mark Comma).
When using the fonts in software, make sure you use the correct font size: they are not identical as it looks here.
This page is just a little excerpt of our font database which includes 1100 symbols from more than 400 music fonts.
For example the 25 free font from the Elbsound Music Font Package are not yet included in these images, but include symbols from nearly every category below.
If you'd like to see other hard-to-find music symbols, send us an email.
For copyright reasons only low resolution images were used.
Links to all fonts are available on the Music Font Links" page.
The images were extracted automatically from the font database of our Music Font Comparison.
Accidentals, Parenthesized Sharp (new)
Arpeggio, Down (new)
Breath Mark, Comma Upside Down
Breath Mark, Comma with One Stroke
Clefs, Old Bass Style Clef
Clefs, Old G Style Clef
Clefs, Petrucci C Clef
Clefs, C Clef (19th Century) (new)
Clefs, Mensural F Clef (new)
Clefs, K Style Alto Clef (new)
Clefs, Violin Clefs for Condensed Scores
Crescendo Molto (new)
Dots, triple (new)
Fermatas, Very Short
Fermatas, Very Long
Fermatas, Two Dot
Flags - Straight (new)
Laissez Vibrer-Ties (l.v.)
Messa di voce
Noteheads, Ghost / Bracketed (new)
Pizz, Bartok (new)
Reihe (Hauptstimme, Nebenstimme, Hauptrhythmus, Choralmelodie) (new)
Repeat, Three Bar Repeat
Tremolo, 4 Lines
Trill, Tremblement (new)
Accidentals - Parenthesized Sharp: (new)
Arpeggio - Down:
Breath Mark Comma Upside Down:
Breath Mark Comma with One Stroke:
Large Brackets: (-> see also full article on "Large Brackets in Finale")
Clefs - Old Bass Style:
Clefs - Old G Style:
Clefs - Mensural F: (new)
Clefs - K Style Alto Clef: (new)
Clefs - Petrucci C Clef:
Clefs, C Clef (19th Century):
Clefs - Violin Clefs for a Condensed Score:
Crescendo Molto: (new)
Dots, triple: (new)
Two Dot Fermatas:
Other Fermatas (Short fermata, very short fermata and very long fermata):
Flags - Straight: (new)
Laissez Vibrer (l.v.) Tie: (new)
(all fonts also have the upside down version)
Messa di voce:
Noteheads - Ghost / Bracketed: (new)
Pedal - Sostenuto: (new)
Pizz, Bartok: (new)
Repeat - Three Bar Repeat:
Reihe (Hauptstimme, Nebenstimme, Hauptrhythmus, Choralmelodie):
Tremolo, 4 Lines: