Text Fonts in Musical Scores (v0.1alpha) - Free Fonts


The following text fonts that were found in musical scores seem to be fonts that are available for free download or included in Windows and which probably may be free for private use. Please check the included license for details. Check out Google to find out more.
The full text fonts list - including commerical fonts - can be found here.
It is recommended to use the IExplorer browser or Chrome to view the fonts. Firefox is not recommended as it doesn't show unembeddable fonts. Older browsers don't support this feature at all. Only those fonts that are installed on your system or available as a free web font will be shown with a sample.


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1a. Favorite Classic Title Fonts
1b. Favorite Classic Expression Fonts
2a. Serif
2b. Serif capital letters
2c. Serif (scanned and/or vintage fonts)
3a. Sans
3b. Sans (bold and black)
4. Handwritten
6. Script
7. Decorative Title Fonts
8. Rehearsal Marks (with Enclosure)
9. Serif Lyrics (narrow and condensed fonts)
10. Tuplet Numbers

1a. Favorite Classic Title Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
TeX Gyre ScholaF
Libre BodoniF
Old Standard TT BoldF
...still collecting ... any suggestions ?
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1b. Favorite Classic Expression Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
Old StandardF
CrimsonF
NepomukF
...still collecting ... any suggestions ?
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2a. Serif Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
STIX Two TextF
Libre BaskervilleF
Bitstream Vera SerifF
TeX Gyre BonumF
CardoF
Caslon OSF
Centabel BookF
Libre Caslon TextF
Free SerifF
AlegreyaF
Old Standard TTF
Old StandardF
Theano DidotF
Libre BodoniF
Old Standard TT BoldF
TeX Gyre ScholaF
CharterF
Crimson TextF
CrimsonF
VollkornF
DejaVu SerifF
GFS DidotF
Fanwood TextF
FanwoodF
Gentium Book BasicF
Gentium PlusF
GeorgiaWin
JunicodeF
IM FELL THREE LINE PICA PROF
IM FELL THREE LINE PICAF
Linux Libertine DisplayF
Linux LibertineF
Linux Libertine OF
LusitanaF
MusikTextEuroSerifF
MusRomanF
MZ BuenardF
MZ LoraF
Linden HillF
NepomukF
TeX Gyre PagellaF
PermianSerifTypefaceF
PolyF
PT SerifF
MgOpen CosmeticaF
Sorts Mill GoudyF
TeX Gyre TermesF
Times New RomanF
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2c. Scanned and/or vintage serif fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
EB Garamond 12F
EB GaramondF
Goudy Bookletter 1911F
IM FELL French CanonF
IM FELL Great PrimerF
IM FELL Double PicaF
EB Garamond 08F
IM FELL EnglishF
IM FELL DW PicaF
EB Garamond SC 12F
IM FELL French Canon SCF
IM FELL Great Primer SCF
IM FELL Double Pica SCF
IM FELL English SCF
EB Garamond SC 08F
IM FELL DW Pica SCF
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3a. Sans Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
ArialWin
Source Sans ProF
Bitstream Vera SansF
Computer ModernF
DejaVu SansF
Fira SansF
Fontin SansF
RobotoF
FreeSansF
Segoe UIWin
AcidF
MZ EconomicaF
Liberation SansF
Linux Biolinum OF
MS Sans SerifWin
MusikTextEuroSansF
MZ Open SansF
Trebuchet MSWin
MZ VocesF
VerdanaWin
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3b. Bold Sans Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
ImpactWin
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4. Handwritten Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
Frontiers Lazy & SloppyF
Frontiers Sloppy HandwritingF
Frontiers Nice HandwritingF
j.d.F
Rock SaltF
MZ Gloria HallelujahF
Real Book TitleF
Permanent MarkerF
MZ ChewyF
LilyJAZZTextF
GJM realbookF
Pea Missy with a MarkerF
Marker FeltF
SwingTextEuroF
MuseJazz TextF
ThickmarkerF
FlashDLigF
Rabbit HoleF
Colorado Book TextF
Segoe PrintWin
MZ Shadows Into Light TwoF
GoldenAgeTextF
Comic Sans MSWin
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6. Script Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
18th Century Kurrent TextF
18th Century Kurrent StartF
JaneAustenF
Autograph Lanier HPLHSF
Jellyka BeesAntique HandwritingF
Chopin ScriptF
Freebooter ScriptF
Freebooter Script - Alts
(Use together with Freebooter Script)
F
RavaliItalicF
Bickham Script ThreeF
Bickham Script TwoF
festus!F
Segoe ScriptWin
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7. Common Decorative Title Fonts
NameTitle
LabiumF
MZ LimelightF
ChopinOpenFaceF
MZ Roboto SlabF
Courier NewWin
AnsonF
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8. Rehearsal Mark Fonts (with Enclosure)
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
JW Rehearsal SCAPS 1 BoldF
JW Rehearsal Shadow 1 BoldF
JW Rehearsal Serifs BoldF
JW Rehearsal Serifs 2F
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9. Serif Lyrics fonts
NameText
Muzitex2F
FreeSerifLyricsF
VollkornF
Linux LibertineF
Opera SFF
FreeSerifNarrowSBF
Opera-Lyrics-SmoothF
MZ Stint Ultra CondensedF
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10. Tuplet Number Fonts
NameText
NumeroF
ProfondoTupletNumbersF
Tuplet Numbers (Petrucci)F
Tuplet Numbers (Sonata)F
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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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