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.
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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 Schola
Libre Bodoni
Old Standard TT Bold
Suggestions ?
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1b. Favorite Classic Expression Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
Nepomuk
Old Standard
Crimson
Suggestions ?
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2a. Serif Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
STIX Two Text
Libre Baskerville
Caslon OS
Bitstream Vera Serif
TeX Gyre Bonum
Cardo
Centabel Book
Libre Caslon Text
Free Serif
Alegreya
Playfair Display
Old Standard TT
Old Standard
Theano Didot
Libre Bodoni
Old Standard TT Bold
TeX Gyre Schola
Crimson Text
Crimson
Vollkorn
DejaVu Serif
GFS Didot
Fanwood Text
Fanwood
Gentium Book Basic
Gentium Plus
Georgia
Junicode
IM FELL THREE LINE PICA PRO
IM FELL THREE LINE PICA
Linux Libertine Display
Linux Libertine
Linux Libertine O
Lusitana
MusikTextEuroSerif
MusRoman
MZ Buenard
MZ Lora
Linden Hill
Nepomuk
TeX Gyre Pagella
PermianSerifTypeface
Poly
PT Serif
MgOpen Cosmetica
Sorts Mill Goudy
TeX Gyre Termes
Times New Roman
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2c. Scanned and/or vintage serif fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
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
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3a. Sans Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
Arial
Source Sans Pro
Bitstream Vera Sans
Computer Modern
DejaVu Sans
Fira Sans
Fontin Sans
Roboto
FreeSans
MgOpen Moderna
Segoe UI
Acid
MZ Economica
Liberation Sans
Linux Biolinum O
MS Sans Serif
MusikTextEuroSans
MZ Open Sans
Trebuchet MS
MZ Voces
Verdana
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3b. Bold Sans Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
Impact
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4. Handwritten Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
Frontiers Lazy & Sloppy
Frontiers Sloppy Handwriting
Frontiers Nice Handwriting
j.d.
Rock Salt
Colors Of Autumn
From Skyler PERSONAL USE ONLY
MZ Gloria Hallelujah
Stya
Real Book Title
Permanent Marker
MZ Chewy
LilyJAZZText
GJM realbook
Pea Missy with a Marker
Marker Felt
SwingTextEuro
MuseJazz Text
Thickmarker
Rabbit Hole
Colorado Book Text
Segoe Print
MZ Shadows Into Light Two
ShadLighLyrics
GoldenAgeText
Comic Sans MS
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6. Script Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
18th Century Kurrent Text
18th Century Kurrent Start
Autograph Lanier HPLHS
JaneAusten
Jellyka BeesAntique Handwriting
Some Weatz Symbols
Some Weatz Swashes
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
Mr Bedfort
Mr Dafoe
High Tide Demo
VayenthaScriptDemo
VTKSColored Soul 3
Lemon Tuesday
LemJazz
Xtreem Fat Demo
WarmShowers
festus!
Segoe Script
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7. Common Decorative Title Fonts
NameTitle
Labium
MZ Limelight
ChopinOpenFace
MZ Roboto Slab
Courier New
Anson
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8. Rehearsal Mark Fonts (with Enclosure)
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
JW Rehearsal SCAPS 1 Bold
JW Rehearsal Shadow 1 Bold
JW Rehearsal Serifs Bold
JW Rehearsal Serifs 2
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9. Serif Lyrics fonts
NameText
Muzitex2
FreeSerifLyrics
Vollkorn
Linux Libertine
Opera SF
Opera-Lyrics-Smooth
MZ Stint Ultra Condensed
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10. Tuplet Number Fonts
NameText
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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