Installation

The font itself can be installed on any computer. To be used, however, you need a text editor supporting OpenType features (specifically ligatures and contextual alternates) like, for instance, TextEdit on MacOS. If you are not on a Mac, you can use the simple online text editor. It works on the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Opera on all of their supported platforms. You can also buy a webfont license of Cavatina and use it on your own website.

The converter is a script which runs on plain text files and RTF files from a right-click menu option. It allows you to quickly export your music into MIDI or MusicXML files that can be played or opened with any other notation software.

Install the font

The following are instructions of how to install the desktop font. Information about how to embed the webfont in your website can be found in the webfont page.

MacOS

After you download the Cavatina font, open the font files inside the folder that correspond to your keyboard layout.

[Image: Font files]

Click on Install Font. That was easy!

Now open TextEdit and within it open the Font menu, i.e. Format > Font > Show Fonts, and select Cavatina (Regular).

[Image: TextEdit Font menu]

Choose a font size that fits your needs; usually a point size within the range 64-144pt. I myself like to compose with a huge font size (120–144pt), and then shrink it down to 96pt for print.

If you are composing for two parts, e.g. for the piano, you will want to shift the paragraph indentation to the right. Tell me more... First, make sure the ruler is visible. If not, choose Format > Text > Show Ruler. Drag the small horizontal bar mark on the ruler to the right as seen in the image.

If you don’t want to use TextEdit you can also try out the super-simple online editor. It saves your scores as rich text files and has built in MIDI and MusicXML converters.

[Image: Adjusting the rulers]

Windows

After you download the Cavatina font, open the font files inside the folder that correspond to your keyboard layout. Double click on the fonts. A window like the following will appear and clicking on Install does what it should.

[Image: Font Files]

To use the fonts just open the online editor. It automatically selects the Cavatina typeface you have installed on your computer, and has menu options for converting your scores to MIDI and MusicXML.

There is currently no fully supporting desktop text editor on Windows.

Install the Converter

You will probably want to convert your music to other formats, either to play your composition or to fine-tune the layout of your composition via another notation program. This is made possible with a converter that runs through a right-click menu option. Installing it should be a cakewalk.

MacOS

You actually need Python 2.6 or 2.7 to use these scripts, but your Mac already comes with a built-in Python which can be used for the installation. Tell me more...To check what Python version you are currently using open Terminal and type "python -V". You need a greater version than 2.6, but not 3.0 or above. Grab the version you need from the official python download page https://www.python.org/download/.

  • Easy installation:

    Download and open the Mac package installer from the Download page and follow the straightforward installation steps.

    [Image: Converter installer (MacOS)]

    Developers: This installs a version of the cavatina package and a trimmed version of the current music21 library. It is as usual just copied to your site-packages directory. The installer also takes care of putting the Convert To MusicXML Service (context menu option) into the right location, i.e. ~/Library/Services.

  • Advanced installation (using pip):
    1. Open Terminal and enter pip install cavatina. Note that this also installs the complete current music21 library, including the music21 corpus, if not already present.
    2. Download cavatina-menu-macosx from the download page and run ./setup.sh from the uncompressed directory. You may be prompted for administrator access. It configures the service workflows depending on your current python version and moves them to ~/Library/Services.
Windows
  • Easy installation:

    Download and open the Windows installer from the Download page and follow the straightforward installation steps.

    [Image: Converter (Windows)]

  • Advanced installation (using pip):
    1. Open the console and enter pip install cavatina. Note that this also installs the complete current music21 library, including the music21 corpus, if not already present.
    2. Download cavatina-menu-win32 from the download page and double click on the registry files inside the uncompressed folder.