I’m curious if any of you copyists, orchestrators or arrangers are aware of the fonts used by Gordon Goodwin and others for some of their famous big band arrangements. I have a link here submitted for your examination, which will serve as an example and also allow you to zoom WAY in and check out the lettering for yourselves:
To me, the title font looks like a “Sharper Star Wars,” for lack of a better term. I’ve tried plugging these fonts into font finders online but haven’t found a suitable winner. Any and all advice welcome, especially if there’s any way to currently recreate these in Dorico (4) on a Mac (I’m aware Mac fonts and Windows fonts, Finale vs Dorico etc. are all a bit different).
I just really like the look of these charts, they seem to mean business but also, fun.
These days, fonts are fonts are fonts. Mac and Windows both use the same OTF or TTF files; and Finale and Dorico both use whatever fonts the OS gives them.
I can’t find anything that matches that curved capital E, but apart from that, it’s very similar to ITC Serif Gothic (which was used on artwork for both the Star Trek movie and Star Wars!). Other contenders might be Penumbra Sans, or Kabel.
That’s a great find, thank you! Yeah I agree, I wouldn’t want to produce a facsimile and you raise a good point about that balance. For me it’s all about how does it strike the musicians, and as a musician I like the look of this sort of layout. Thanks again.
Very cool idea. I do have some PDFs of parts only, sans full score, but they appear to be scans. So I’ve been snapping screenshots and trying to use FontFinders and whatnot to try and figure out what they are.
But yeah Marina has that whole “Zoom in” score feature on their website so they must possess something digital. I actually bought hard copy from them to study, anyway, so I think they won’t mind me asking!
Marina Music appears to be a music retailer. Count Bubba was published by Hal Leonard.
It’s unlikely that Hal Leonard would be willing to divulge any specifics as to the design of their jazz publications. Their jazz music font is a custom made job, based upon Finale’s Jazz Font. The clefs are taken from the Golden Age font. I don’t know any other information.
Both Finale Jazz and Golden Age are available in SMuFL format, which is compatible with Dorico. In fact, there shoud be download links posted on this forum - the fonts are free. Using Dorico’s Symbol Editor, you could swap the Jazz clefs for the Golden Age clefs and do the same with other music symbols as well.