Bach, Musicological Font

Created by Yo Tomita (c) 1992-2009

1. What is Bach?

Bach is a set of software fonts for Microsoft Windows (3.1, 95, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7) that can make use of Windows' TrueType fonts. It can also be used with Apple Macintosh and other systems if imported/converted appropriately.

Bach is for people who wish to write essays or compiling databases with some musical symbols in them. Unlike those fonts bundled in score editors such as Coda's Petrucci or Adobe's Sonata, Bach has a comprehensive set of beamed notes (up to hemidemisemiquavers) and ornaments. When used in Wordprocessor the insertion of the symbols does not affect the line spacing of paragraphs.

The musical symbols in Bach follow the convention used in many academic books and journals, and is recommended by some academic publishers including Ashgate and Yale UP. Instead of inserting a musical example, it is often sufficient to insert a few musical symbols such as pitch and rhythms directly in sentences; it often helps to retain the flow of discussion. Shown below are examples of its use.

(1) Document produced with Bach fonts (see 8th line)

(2) Bach being used in database application

Last updated on 15 February 2009