I am working a large piece with voice, dialogue, etc. (a ‘musical’). I have been using Cubase to mock up the various music bits. Surprisingly, I have found the latest scoring functions to be not half bad at all. Unfortunately, it still has some serious shortcomings in terms of adding lyrics, dialogue, stage directions and so on… the stuff that has to be in an engraved score for this type of music.
Ideally, I would love it if Cubase had features for all that stuff, but until such a day, I’m wondering if anyone here has experience in using Cubase for this sort of thing and how you handle this.
I have been looking at an open source program called ‘LilyPond’ which produces marvelous looking output, but would be a terror to input large projects into. Fortunately, it does import MusicXML. So I am thinking of trying to export from Cubase as MusicXML into LilyPond and then add the other lyrics, stage directions, etc. in Lilypond.
Any other suggestions?