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Submitting Files
to the Scriptorium

Please read all the instructions below
before e-mailing your file.
All content on the Scriptorium is provided by NWC users, and new submissions are always welcome. To help your audience derive the most benefit and enjoyment from your submission, and to make things easier for the volunteers who operate and maintain this site, the following guidelines are provided.

  1. When submitting a musical piece,
    • please read the copyright notice and the composition hints and proof reading hints as well. Make sure you include a title and composer name in each NWC file.

    • Save the file as a Compressed NWC file (this is the default). If you have a suite of files linked thematically, you may wish to ZIP them together, providing a list of titles in the comments section.

    • Submitted items must be from a registered user and must be saved using version 1.75 or higher.

    • Please include the following information:

      Full name of work: (inc. Opus number and year of composition if you can)
      Composer: Surname, First name (inc. birth and death years and nationality if you can)
      Arranger: (if applicable) Surname, First name (inc. birth and death years and nationality if you can)
      About: (If you know a website with a biog about the composer)
      Lyricist: (if applicable) (inc. birth and death years and nationality if available)
      Translator: (if applicable) (inc. birth and death years and nationality if available)
      First line: (if a song)
      Music category:
      Name of file creator:
      e-mail address: (Mandatory part of our copyright policy)
      Website: (if you want to let folks know where you are on the net)
      Running time: hrs:min:sec Enter time total as given when F5 pressed.
      Comments: (as applicable)

      (Just use your mouse to select and copy the above and paste it into your e-mail message for further editing). Or, use click HERE to download a template text file. An example is given below.

      Please note that any of these text items maybe modified by the Scriptorium Webmaster as appropriate to align with Scriptorium policy.

  2. Send an e-mail to the current Scriptorium webmaster, ,including the ZIP or Compressed NWC file as an attachment, and the composition info as part of the message, or as an attachment (text file e.g. generated by Notepad; please don't send as html). If your e-mailer cannot do attachments, send an e-mail and we'll discuss what you could do.

  3. Pieces are normally put up within a few days of receipt. You will receive an e-mail acknowledging this.

An example of what to send.

To send Beethoven's Choral Symphony, you would e-mail:
An attached zip file containing four compressed NWC files, one for each movement. Plus the following in the text of the e-mail message:

Full name of work: Symphony No. 9, in D min, Op. 125, 'Choral'. (1817)
Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig (1770-1827) German
Arranger: Jones, Juliet (20th C) USA
Lyricist : Schiller, Friedrich
First line: Freude schöner Götterfunken
Music category: classical
Instruments: arranged for SATB, clarinet and thumb piano
Name of file creator: Juliet Jones
e-mail address:
Running time: 00:52:25
Comments: Text in German.
Uses boxmarks.ttf
beet1251 1st Movt. Allegro ma non troppo un poco maestoso
beet1252 2nd Movt. Molto vivace
beet1253 3rd Movt. Adagio molto cantabile
beet1254 4th Movt. Presto
Typed in by hand from the original manuscript.

About Copyright

In submitting a piece to the Scriptorium, the poster is stating that to the best of their knowledge:
  1. The creator of the NWC file (normally the person posting the file) has given permission for the file to be displayed on the Scriptorium, and
  2. Either the work is in the public domain, or the copyright holder (this may be the composer/lyricist, the publisher or a third party) has given permission for the file to be displayed on the Scriptorium.
    If the work is under copyright, it is posted on the Scriptorium purely for the private, noncommercial use of Scriptorium visitors. Any other use without the copyright holder's permission is a violation of copyright.
More information about copyright is detailed on our copyright page.

Any queries about the copyright status of a work should be forwarded to the submitter of the file (their e-mail address is on the details page of each work). If you are not satisfied that the piece can be on the Scriptorium, please notify and we will discuss the matter further with the poster and remove the file if necessary.

Composition Hints

  • Use only the first MIDI device in your list or you may find that some folks will not hear anything, as they may not have second or third midi devices configured. Users of NWPlayer and the plugins will have trouble, too.
  • Make good use of dynamics (pp-ff is best - ppp is often too quiet and fff renders accents useless), note length and tempo changes. This "humanises" the piece, giving it a more natural sound.
  • Make sure that an instrument is assigned to each channel.
  • If you want to make the piece sound good as well as look good, use hidden staves for the actual sound, and use mute staves for the appearance.
  • Include lyrics if there are any. This will make the piece much more interesting for those playing it back.
  • For prettier appearance, make use of Barry Graham's boxmarks font. This contains many glyphs that are used in professional music engraving, and lend a very elegant touch to your piece. It has become the defacto standard for NWC users for additional marks on pieces.
  • There are particular tricks associated with creating the feel of certain instruments. For instance, using a staff for each string of a guitar or lute piece helps work out the correct sustain. Also with guitars, slightly offsetting the time of two identical staves is a quick way to emulate strumming, or notating a very quick arpeggio is another way.
  • Using multipoint controllers - whilst fiddly - can help emulation of guitar hammer-on, or even breath control of wind instruments or volume "swell" of massed instruments or organ. They can even be used for detuning two parts, or for providing a "swing" feel to parts that are written as straight duple time.
  • There are many more user tips at NoteWorthy Software's forum.

Proofreading Hints

To make the content of this site usable and enjoyable for the greatest number of viewers, especially in the case of transcribed public-domain works, we suggest that you take extra effort to insure that the files are error-free.
  • An excellent tool is to use the NoteWorthy Newsgroup as a testing ground. There are many talented individuals who would be happy to help you proofread your work, and offer other suggestions for improvement.
  • Another possibility is to enlist the help of someone else in your household to proofread your sequence. It can be very difficult to catch errors yourself, where an outside viewpoint can more easily pick up errors that you've become blind to.
  • If you receive an email from another user, pointing out substantive errors, take it as a compliment that your work is significant enough to warrant correction, and make the corrections in as timely a manner as possible. Please remember that you can always resubmit improved versions of your work; we'd prefer reposting the same piece several times if need be, than know that there are errors in the existing version.

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