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Fonts for embedding in text

Dear Choralisters

What a "font" of information you all are! here are the recommendations
I received in response to my question about fonts that have musical
symbols that work in text. I haven't tried any of these (yet) so I
can't vouch for their relative merits.


I wonder if you could use the Sonata font from Mark of the Unicorn,

which is used in its Mosaic notation program - I don't know if you can

get it as an independent font, or if it just lives in the notation

program.Mark of the Unicorn has a website - perhaps they could answer



Try Bach:



There is an excellent font called
GenevaShpfltnat Medium. It is a
True Type font, so you can scale it to any size you want.

I have no idea where I got it from; you could try a web-site search or
visit some of the numerous font sites. The ones I know are these: the
first one is the most fun, the next is an alphabetical list of fonts
(and where you can get them?), and one of the others is an archive of
shareware fonts.






I had the same problem--sonata & petrucci just don't fit into text. I

purchased a font called Musica, available from Really Loud Fonts

( It works beautifully.


The font you want is called the Bach Musicological font, and is


I think this font will do the job you're looking to do, at a fair and

reasonable price.


I use Anastasia - I believe it might serve your needs.


Thanks to all of you!

Kirin Nielsen


Hello, all,

Since I received a number of messages telling me how to overcome the
spacing weirdness of Petrucci font, and several messages asking how to do
it, here's the compilation of this matter. Thanks to all who responded
with advice and suggestions of fonts (and where to get them)!

Kirin Nielsen

You can use Petrucci in text, even though it wants to enlarge the
line spacing. In word processors like MS Word you can overcome this by
setting the line spacing for your paragraph to "Exactly 12 pt. " (or
whatever point size you are using). For symbols in text, use Petrucci at
18 to 20 pt, not 24 pt. If you need more information, contact me at
hjowen(a) BTW, there is a font that has most musical
symbols in it: Bach. It has all the normal letters, but also the symbols
are there and you don't have to change fonts.

A further idea - I use Petrucci as font in text(Claris Works) by
downsizing the item (paint module) then entering in text line. A good
workaround, lacking a dedicated and resizeable font. The results, in any
sizes, are saved in the Library.

with most software programmes, you can force the spacing size to suit your
needs. it may not look proper on the screen, but will print properly.
select the portion of the text which uses petrucci, and in the format menu
(in ms word), select paragraph, and adjust the 'after' spacing to suit.

Dear colleagues,

My thanks to the many who responded regarding music fonts for use in a text
document, such as Microsoft WORD. I use the WORD X for Mac, which does
include Petrucci and Maestro (I use Finale on the same computer).
Unfortunately, when using these fonts, the size of lines is greatly expanded
and it seems difficult to maintain a consistent 'look' in a document.
Another problem is that one cannot notate anything on a staff using these
fonts in WORD (not to my knowledge, at least).

A visiting college student introduced me to Music Lab Harmony, his ear
training software (information available at, which
includes the font MusicLab. With this font he is able to type most any
musical notation, including notes on a staff (3rd line only). The software
is for PC.

Some of the suggestions that came in are as follows, with a few comments

This web site lists many music fonts available via the web for musical
notation programs and word processors.

One colleague actually sent me the Bach30 font (available for download at
the following address:

This is shareware and the font seems very well suited for use in WORD. I
have not been able to type notes on a staff, but I have spent little time
with it thus far.

Another useful-looking font can be found at:

Metronome/Mettimes is a font package that includes many useful elements for
discussing music in a prose document. I have not tried it (it must be
ordered through the website), but it looks impressive and I may try it in
the future.

I hope this helps all those who were looking for information on the topic.
Thanks again to those who sent in information.


Douglas Bachorik
head, music department
Bob Jones Memorial Bible College
Quezon City

Doug & Ruth Bachorik

Box 120 - U. P.
1101 Quezon City
Metro Manila

I neglected to include the following two web sites. The first site has IPA

I also received word regarding Musica, available
from the Really Loud Font Company. Available for purchase at their website.


Doug & Ruth Bachorik

Box 120 - U. P.
1101 Quezon City
Metro Manila