Text Fonts in Musical Scores

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The font names follow the naming convention used by MyFonts.com (=Linotype, Monotype, Bitstream, etc.) - similar fonts of Adobe and other distributors might use slightly different names. MyFonts.com offers a subscription service for only 14.99US$ where you can test many of the commercial fonts below for one month.
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On this sub page you only find free text fonts for musical scores.

All marked fonts are available for purchase in our ultimate Elbsound Text Fonts Package (v1.2):
for just 16,99 USD you get 259 professional text fonts which are often used in musical scores
(=16,99 USD net plus 0.00%/0,00 USD taxes).

1a. Favorite Classic Title Fonts3a. Sans 7. Decorative Title Fonts
1b. Favorite Classic Expressive Text Fonts3b. Sans (bold and black) 8. Rehearsal Marks (with Enclosure)
2a. Serif 4. Handwritten9a. Serif Lyrics (narrow and condensed fonts)
2b. Serif capital letters5. Antique9b. Sans Lyrics (narrow and condensed fonts)
2c. Serif (scanned and/or vintage fonts)6. Script10. Tuplet Numbers

1a. Favorite Classic Title Fonts

NameIncluded in Elbsound
Text Fonts Package
TitleDynamics                           Expressive & Technique Text
Century Schoolbook L
TeX Gyre Schola
Adobe Caslon Pro
Baskerville MT Std
Adobe Garamond Pro
Libre Bodoni
Old Standard TT Bold
...still collecting ... any suggestions ?
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1b. Favorite Classic Expressive Text Fonts

NameIncluded in Elbsound
Text Fonts Package
TitleDynamics                           Expressive & Technique Text
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Monotype Modern Std Extended
Old Standard
Plantin MT Std
Palatino LT Pro
Nepomuk
Adobe Garamond Pro
Crimson
...still collecting ... any suggestions ?
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2a. Serif Fonts

NameIncluded in Elbsound
Text Fonts Package
TitleDynamics                           Expressive & Technique Text
Academica
Academico
Adagio Serif
Adobe Jenson Pro
JensonClassico
Adobe Text Pro
Aldine401 BT
Baskerville MT Std
ITC New Baskerville Std
Garvis Pro Book
ITC Pacella Std
STIX Two Text
Libre Baskerville
Caslon OS
Bell MT Std
Bembo Std
Bitstream Vera Serif
Book Antiqua
Bookman Old Style Std
TeX Gyre Bonum
Bookman ITC Std
Cambria
Calisto MT Std
NCT Granite
Cardo
Centabel Book
Adobe Caslon Pro
Libre Caslon Text
Free Serif
Bulmer MT Std Display
Bulmer MT Std
Iowan Old Style BT
FernMicro
Alegreya
Bodoni LT Pro Book (free trial)
Bodoni LT Book
Bodoni Svntytwo ITC Std
Bodoni Six ITC Std
Playfair Display
Old Standard TT
Old Standard
DeVinne BT
Monotype Modern Std Extended
Theano Didot
Didot LT Pro
ITC Tiffany Std
Bernhard Modern Std
Modern No. 20
Bodoni LT Pro (free trial)
Bodoni LT
Bodoni Recut FS
Electra LT Bold
Libre Bodoni
Old Standard TT Bold
Monotype Modern MT Pro
Magneta Condensed
CentSchbook BdCn BT
FPRehearsalDouble
NewCaledonia LT Black
Bembo Extra Bold
Century Schoolbook L Bold
Century Schoolbook L
TeX Gyre Schola
New Century Schoolbook LT Pro
ITC Century Std
Century Old Style
Century Old Style EF
CharterITC BT
Roman Ionic
Clarendon BT (free trial)
Clarendon Cn BT
Clarendon
Cochin LT
Crimson Text
Crimson
DaunPenh
Vollkorn
DejaVu Serif
GFS Didot
Epic
Equity
Espressivo
Excelsior LT
Fanwood Text
Fanwood
Fedra Serif A
Fedra Serif B
ITC Galliard Std
ClassGarmnd BT
StempelGaramond LT
ITC Garamond Std
Garamond-Roman
Adobe Garamond Pro
Garamond Premier Pro
Garamond Antiqua
Garamond
Gentium Book Basic
Gentium
Gentium Plus
Georgia
Goudy Old Style T OT
Goudy Old Style MT Std
Hoefler Text
ITC Clearface Std
Junicode
IM FELL THREE LINE PICA PRO
IM FELL THREE LINE PICA
Kepler
Linux Libertine Display
Linux Libertine
Linux Libertine O
Lucida
Lusitana
Minion Pro
Noto Serif
MusikTextEuroSerif
MusRoman
MZ Buenard
MZ Lora
Linden Hill
Nepomuk
New York
TeX Gyre Pagella
Palatino LT Pro
Palatino LT
Arno Pro
Constantia
PermianSerifTypeface
Perpetua
Photina MT Std
Plantin MT Std
Poly
PT Serif
RehearsalDbl
Renard
Requiem Display-HTF
Requiem Display
Requiem Text-HTF
Requiem Text
Requiem
RotisSerif
AgfaRotisSerif
RotisSemiSerif
AgfaRotisSemiSerif
Savoy
Scotch Modern
MgOpen Cosmetica
Sorts Mill Goudy
Trykker
Optima LT Pro
Optimum
Eterna
Swift LT Pro
TeX Gyre Termes
MetTimesPC
CG Times
Times CG ATT
Times CG
Times LT
Times LT Pro
Times New Roman MT
Times New Roman PS
Times New Roman
Times Europa LT
Times LT Semibold
Times Ten
Times
Tinos
Trola
Utopia
Warnock Pro
Lucida Bright LT
Sabon LT Pro
Corsiva MT Std
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2b. Serif capital letters

NameIncluded in Elbsound
Text Fonts Package
TitleDynamics                           Expressive & Technique Text
Trajan Pro
Trajanus Roman
Copperplate Gothic LT Pro
Times SC
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2c. Scanned and/or vintage serif fonts

NameIncluded in Elbsound
Text Fonts Package
TitleDynamics                           Expressive & Technique Text
Trajanus LT Std
Opera-Lyrics-Smooth
OldNewspaperTypes
Century modern TT
EB Garamond 12
EB Garamond
Goudy Bookletter 1911
IM FELL French Canon
IM FELL Great Primer
IM FELL Double Pica
EB Garamond 08
IM FELL English
IM FELL DW Pica
EB Garamond SC 12
IM FELL French Canon SC
IM FELL Great Primer SC
IM FELL Double Pica SC
IM FELL English SC
EB Garamond SC 08
IM FELL DW Pica SC
Terra Ignota
Antiquarian Scribe
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3a. Sans Fonts

NameIncluded in Elbsound
Text Fonts Package
TitleDynamics                           Expressive & Technique Text
Adagio Sans Light
Adagio Sans Medium
Adagio Sans
Akzidenz Grotesk
Arial
Arial MT Std
Arial Rounded MT Std
Source Sans Pro
Avenir LT Pro
Dotum
Bitstream Vera Sans
Century Gothic Std
Computer Modern
DejaVu Sans
Fira Sans
Fontin Sans
Roboto
FreeSans
MgOpen Moderna
Parisine Plus
Parisine Std
Frutiger LT Pro
Geneva
Segoe UI
Acid
MZ Economica
Helvetica Neue LT
Helvetica
Liberation Sans
Linux Biolinum O
MS Sans Serif
MusikTextEuroSans
Myriad Pro
MZ Open Sans
NewsGoth BT
RehearsalSansDbl
Swis721 BT
Trebuchet MS
Futura Heavy
Univers LT Pro
Tahoma
GillSans
Tw Cen MT
MZ Voces
Lucida Grande
Lucida Sans Console
Lucida Sans Unicode
Lucida Sans
Calibri
Verdana
Agfa Rotis Sans Serif
RotisSansSerif
Futura Medium
Futura
Berthold City Light
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3b. Bold Sans Fonts

NameIncluded in Elbsound
Text Fonts Package
TitleDynamics                           Expressive & Technique Text
Adobe Heiti Std
Franklin Gothic
FPRehearsalSansDouble
Charcoal
Optima-ExtraBlack
Arial Black
Haettenschweiler
ImpactWin
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4. Handwritten Fonts

NameIncluded in Elbsound
Text Fonts Package
TitleDynamics                           Expressive & Technique Text
Frontiers Lazy & Sloppy
Frontiers Sloppy Handwriting
David
John
Frontiers Nice Handwriting
Serge
Leonard
Jeffersonian
OOJazz
Kurt
Steinberg Text Jazz
j.d.
Cedar Street
Rock Salt
Colors Of Autumn
From Skyler PERSONAL USE ONLY
NorText
Adam Warren pro
MZ Gloria Hallelujah
Stya
Back Issues BB
HandClapText
LeeAlpha
Real Book Title
Permanent Marker
SPP_Jazz_1
MZ Chewy
BadaBoom BB
Komika Hand
RealScore Title
JazzTextExtended
JazzText
LilyJAZZText
GJM realbook
TTkJazzText
PGTextje
JazzCopyistTitle
NorPenTitle
BopMusic Title
Inkpen2 Script Std
BopMusic Script
Aloisen Groove Text
Encore NorScript Cased Oblique
Encore NorScript Cased
NorPenScript
Encore NorScript
AshAlpha
SwingText
Pea Missy with a Marker
Marker Felt
SwingTextEuro
MozartJazzText
MuseJazz Text
Guitar Pro 6 Jazz
Impress BT
Thickmarker
Broadway Copyist Text Ext
Komika Jam
Komika Slick
FlashDLig
Komika Slim
VTC Letterer Pro
ZITZ
RealScore Script
JazzCopyistScript
BigBandScript
DomCasual BT
Dom Casual
Dom
Rabbit Hole
RussAlpha
Krinitsky
Benguiat Frisky CE ATT
Benguiat Frisky
Reprise Script Std
Wastrel Oblique
MV Boli
Kalam
PetalumaScript
Colorado Book Text
Graphite Std
Pumpkinseed
Segoe Print
MZ Shadows Into Light Two
Marydale
ShadLighLyrics
GoldenAgeText
Finale Copyist Text
Collector Comic
Comic Sans MS
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5. Antique fonts

NameIncluded in Elbsound
Text Fonts Package
TitleDynamics                           Expressive & Technique Text
Old English Com
P22Grenville
Blackadder ITC
RegalloAPlaya
P22 Operina Pro
Historical-StAugustinCivilite
Varius 2 LT Std
P22 Morris Golden
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6. Script Fonts

NameIncluded in Elbsound
Text Fonts Package
TitleDynamics                           Expressive & Technique Text
18th Century Kurrent Text
18th Century Kurrent Start
Autograph Lanier HPLHS
Geographica Script
American Scribe
Remsen Script
Texas Hero
Military Scribe
Houston Pen
Old Man Eloquent
Schooner Script
Lanier
JaneAusten
Lassigue D'Mato
P22 Cezanne
BakerScript
Jefferson
EmilyAustin
P22 Monet
Magnus
Allegheny
Aquiline
AquilineTwo
Voluta Script
Jellyka BeesAntique Handwriting
Some Weatz Symbols
Some Weatz Swashes
Article10
Zapfino Extra LT One
Bickham Script Pro
Chopin Script
Freebooter Script
Freebooter Script - Alts
(Use together with Freebooter Script)
Francisco Lucas LLana
Francisco Lucas Briosa
MalaTestaCKU
MalaTestaN
Shipped Goods 1
Shipped Goods 2
Qaskin Black
RavaliItalic
Quickier
Bickham Script Three
Bickham Script Two
Gessele
Brush Script MT
Mr Bedfort
Mr Dafoe
High Tide Demo
VayenthaScriptDemo
VTKSColored Soul 3
Lemon Tuesday
LemJazz
Xtreem Fat Demo
WarmShowers
Viktorie
festus!
Freestyle Script
Segoe Script
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7. Common Decorative Title Fonts

NameTitle
Reprise Title Std
Reprise Stamp Std
Labium
S'il Vous Plait NF Std
MZ Limelight
CaslonOpenFace LT
ChopinOpenFace
Brainard Folio Composer
Brainard Folio Title
Tempus Sans ITC Std
Kallos ITC Std
Old Times American
MZ Roboto Slab
American Typewriter
Courier New
Anson
Apple Chancery
Technical
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8. Rehearsal Mark Fonts (with Enclosure)

NameIncluded in Elbsound
Text Fonts Package
TitleDynamics                           Expressive & Technique Text
JW Rehearsal SCAPS 1 Bold
JW Rehearsal Shadow 1 Bold
FPEnclosureSans
FPRehearsalSans
JW Rehearsal Serifs Bold
JW Rehearsal Serifs 2
FPRehearsal
FPEnclosureSerif
Reprise Rehearsal Std
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9a. Serif Lyrics fonts

NameIncluded in Elbsound
Text Fonts Package
Text
Muzitex2
Minion Pro Condensed
FreeSerifLyrics
Clarendon Cn BT
Vollkorn
Goudy Old Style MT Std
Warnock Pro
ITC Clearface Std
Linux Libertine
Adobe Text Pro
Minion Pro
Kepler Std Semicondensed Caption
Goudy Old Style T OT
Opera SF
Adobe Song Std L
ITC Century Std Condensed
Garamond Premier Pro
Arno Pro
Modern MT Pro Condensed
Finale Lyrics
Times New Roman MT Std Condensed
Bulmer MT Std Display
Bodoni LT Pro Book (free trial)
Opera-Lyrics-Smooth
Century Old Style
FPLyrics
MZ Stint Ultra Condensed
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9b. Sans Lyrics fonts

NameIncluded in Elbsound
Text Fonts Package
Text
FPLyricsSans
Timeless
Humanist 521 BT
HelveticaLyrics
Arial Narrow
Gill Sans MT Std Condensed
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10. Tuplet Number Fonts

NameIncluded in Elbsound
Text Fonts Package
Text
Numero
ProfondoTupletNumbers
Tuplet Numbers (Petrucci)
Tuplet Numbers (Sonata)
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Here are a few external PDFs that compare text/lyrics fonts:
Comparison of text fonts for lyrics
Comparison of text fonts for dynamics
Comparison of text fonts for Expressive & Technique text (Part 1)
Comparison of text fonts for Expressive & Technique text (Part 2)

More interesting links:
Thread on "Text fonts that music publishers use"
Fonts used in hymnal books
An 'invisible' font (good for spacing issues)
List and images of vintage script fonts
3 podcasts on "Using (Text) Fonts in Sheet Music"
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