Greensleeves with LaTeX
Daniel Taupin, a physicist and also a musician and
TeX expert, created an excellent package for
typesetting polyphonic music with TeX (and later LaTeX). The project
was begun in the 1990's and Daniel and others have continued to
develop it. The result is the package known as
MusiXTeX, available from CTAN. Daniel Taupin died tragically, in an accident, several years ago,
and, to our knowledge, the development of the software was stopped afterwards.
Unfortunately, the package is not as
well known as it deserves to be, in spite of the very fine results it
produces. We decided, therefore, to choose this package for our
Distractions column in the hopes of
generating interest. For an example we chose one of the best known
pieces of Renaissance music, the English traditional Greensleeves, which is presented
here in the guitar transcription.
Here is the pdf version of the song: Greensleeves.
... and the source.
There are three steps when using MusiXTeX:
- The source file is processed first with LaTeX;
- The program musixflx is run (this program is
in the same directory as
MusiXTeX and takes one argument, the name of the file without
- The source is processed once more with LaTeX.