Text Fonts in Musical Scores (v0.1alpha)


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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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
5. Antique
6. Script
7. Decorative Title Fonts
8. Rehearsal Marks (with Enclosure)
9a. Serif Lyrics (narrow and condensed fonts)
9b. Sans Lyrics (narrow and condensed fonts)
10. Tuplet Numbers

1a. Favorite Classic Title Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
Century Schoolbook L
TeX Gyre ScholaF
Adobe Caslon Pro
Baskerville MT Std
Adobe Garamond Pro
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
Adobe Garamond Pro
CrimsonF
NepomukF
Vortragsbezeichnung
...still collecting ... any suggestions ?
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2a. Serif Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       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
STIX Two TextF
Libre BaskervilleF
Bell MT Std
Bembo Std
Bitstream Vera SerifF
Book Antiqua
Bookman Old Style Std
TeX Gyre BonumF
Bookman ITC Std
Cambria
Calisto MT Std
NCT Granite
CardoF
Caslon OSF
Centabel BookF
Adobe Caslon Pro
Libre Caslon TextF
Free SerifF
Bulmer MT Std Display
Bulmer MT Std
Iowan Old Style BT
FernMicro
AlegreyaF
Bodoni LT Pro Book (free trial)
Bodoni LT Book
Bodoni Svntytwo ITC Std
Bodoni Six ITC Std
Old Standard TTF
Old StandardF
DeVinne BT
Monotype Modern Std Extended
Theano DidotF
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 BodoniF
Old Standard TT BoldF
Monotype Modern MT Pro
CentSchbook BdCn BT
FPRehearsalDouble
NewCaledonia LT Black
Bembo Extra Bold
Century Schoolbook L Bold
Century Schoolbook L
TeX Gyre ScholaF
New Century Schoolbook LT Pro
ITC Century Std
Century Old Style
Century Old Style EF
CharterITC BT
CharterF
Clarendon BT (free trial)
Clarendon Cn BT
Clarendon
Cochin LT
Crimson TextF
CrimsonF
DaunPenh
VollkornF
DejaVu SerifF
GFS DidotF
Epic
Equity
Espressivo
Excelsior LT
Fanwood TextF
FanwoodF
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 BasicF
Gentium
Gentium PlusF
Georgia
Goudy Old Style T OT
Goudy Old Style MT Std
Hoefler Text
ITC Clearface Std
JunicodeF
IM FELL THREE LINE PICA PROF
IM FELL THREE LINE PICAF
Kepler
Linux Libertine DisplayF
Linux LibertineF
Linux Libertine OF
Lucida
LusitanaF
Minion Pro
MusikTextEuroSerifF
MusRomanF
MZ BuenardF
MZ LoraF
Linden HillF
NepomukF
New York
TeX Gyre PagellaF
Palatino LT Pro
Palatino LT
Arno Pro
Constantia
PermianSerifTypefaceF
Perpetua
Photina MT Std
Plantin MT Std
PolyF
PT SerifF
RehearsalDbl
Renard
Requiem Display-HTF
Requiem Display
Requiem Text-HTF
Requiem Text
Requiem
RotisSerif
AgfaRotisSerif
RotisSemiSerif
AgfaRotisSemiSerif
Savoy
Scotch Modern
MgOpen CosmeticaF
Sorts Mill GoudyF
Optima LT Pro
Optimum
Eterna
Swift LT Pro
TeX Gyre TermesF
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
Sabon LT Pro
Corsiva MT Std
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2b. Serif capital letters
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
Trajan Pro
Copperplate Gothic LT Pro
Times SC
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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
Adagio Sans Light
Adagio Sans Medium
Adagio Sans
Akzidenz Grotesk
Arial
Arial MT Std
Arial Rounded MT Std
Source Sans ProF
Avenir LT Pro
Bitstream Vera SansF
Century Gothic Std
Computer ModernF
DejaVu SansF
Fira SansF
Fontin SansF
RobotoF
FreeSansF
Parisine Plus
Parisine Std
Frutiger LT Pro
Geneva
Segoe UI
AcidF
MZ EconomicaF
Helvetica Neue LT
Helvetica
Liberation SansF
Linux Biolinum OF
MS Sans Serif
MusikTextEuroSansF
Myriad Pro
MZ Open SansF
NewsGoth BT
RehearsalSansDbl
Swis721 BT
Trebuchet MS
Futura Heavy
Univers LT Pro
Tahoma
GillSans
Tw Cen MT
MZ VocesF
Lucida Grande
Lucida Sans Console
Lucida Sans Unicode
Lucida Sans
Calibri
Verdana
Agfa Rotis Sans Serif
RotisSansSerif
Futura Medium
Futura
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3b. Bold Sans Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
Adobe Heiti Std
Franklin Gothic
FPRehearsalSansDouble
Charcoal
Optima-ExtraBlack
Arial Black
Haettenschweiler
ImpactWin
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4. Handwritten Fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
Frontiers Lazy & SloppyF
Frontiers Sloppy HandwritingF
Frontiers Nice HandwritingF
Jeffersonian
OOJazz
Steinberg Text Jazz
j.d.F
Rock SaltF
NorText
MZ Gloria HallelujahF
HandClapText
LeeAlpha
Real Book TitleF
Permanent MarkerF
SPP_Jazz_1
MZ ChewyF
RealScore Title
JazzTextExtended
JazzText
LilyJAZZTextF
GJM realbookF
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 MarkerF
Marker FeltF
SwingTextEuroF
MozartJazzText
MuseJazz TextF
Guitar Pro 6 Jazz
Impress BT
ThickmarkerF
Broadway Copyist Text Ext
FlashDLigF
RealScore Script
JazzCopyistScript
BigBandScript
DomCasual BT
Dom Casual
Dom
Rabbit HoleF
RussAlpha
Krinitsky
Benguiat Frisky CE ATT
Benguiat Frisky
Reprise Script Std
Wastrel Oblique
MV Boli
Colorado Book TextF
Segoe Print
MZ Shadows Into Light TwoF
GoldenAgeTextF
Finale Copyist Text
Collector Comic
Comic Sans MS
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5. Antique fonts
NameTitleDynamics                                       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
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
18th Century Kurrent TextF
18th Century Kurrent StartF
JaneAustenF
Autograph Lanier HPLHSF
Lanier
Lassigue D'Mato
P22 Cezanne
BakerScript
Jefferson
EmilyAustin
P22 Monet
Allegheny
Aquiline
AquilineTwo
Voluta Script
Jellyka BeesAntique HandwritingF
Article10
Zapfino Extra LT One
Bickham Script Pro
Chopin ScriptF
Freebooter ScriptF
Freebooter Script - Alts
(Use together with Freebooter Script)
F
RavaliItalicF
Bickham Script ThreeF
Bickham Script TwoF
Gessele
Brush Script MT
festus!F
Freestyle Script
Segoe Script
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7. Common Decorative Title Fonts
NameTitle
Reprise Title Std
Reprise Stamp Std
LabiumF
S'il Vous Plait NF Std
MZ LimelightF
CaslonOpenFace LT
ChopinOpenFaceF
Brainard Folio Composer
Brainard Folio Title
Tempus Sans ITC Std
Kallos ITC Std
Old Times American
MZ Roboto SlabF
American Typewriter
Courier New
AnsonF
Apple Chancery
Technical
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8. Rehearsal Mark Fonts (with Enclosure)
NameTitleDynamics                                       Expressive & Technique Text
JW Rehearsal SCAPS 1 BoldF
JW Rehearsal Shadow 1 BoldF
FPEnclosureSans
FPRehearsalSans
JW Rehearsal Serifs BoldF
JW Rehearsal Serifs 2F
FPRehearsal
FPEnclosureSerif
Reprise Rehearsal Std
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9a. Serif Lyrics fonts
NameText
Muzitex2F
Minion Pro Condensed
FreeSerifLyricsF
Clarendon Cn BT
VollkornF
Goudy Old Style MT Std
Warnock Pro
ITC Clearface Std
Linux LibertineF
Adobe Text Pro
Minion Pro
Kepler Std Semicondensed Caption
Goudy Old Style T OT
Opera SFF
Adobe Song Std L
ITC Century Std Condensed
Garamond Premier Pro
Arno Pro
Modern MT Pro Condensed
Finale Lyrics
FreeSerifNarrowSBF
Times New Roman MT Std Condensed
Bulmer MT Std Display
Bodoni LT Pro Book (free trial)
Opera-Lyrics-SmoothF
Century Old Style
FPLyrics
MZ Stint Ultra CondensedF
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9b. Sans Lyrics fonts
NameText
FPLyricsSans
Timeless
Humanist 521 BT
HelveticaLyrics
Arial Narrow
Gill Sans MT Std Condensed
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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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