LilyPond came about when two
musicians wanted to go beyond the soulless look of
computer-printed sheet music. Musicians prefer
reading beautiful music, so why couldn’t programmers
write software to produce elegant printed parts?
The result is a system which frees
musicians from the details of layout, allowing them
to focus on making music. LilyPond works with them
to create publication-quality parts, crafted in the
best traditions of classical music engraving.
LilyPond is written and maintained
by a community of enthusiasts. It is published under
the GNU General Public License and the GNU Free
Documentation License, giving everybody the freedom
to fix, modify, and extend the program. Creating
beautiful music should not require hundreds of
dollars of software!