Why I'm looking forward to Musescore 4
I've uploaded a Musescore project to YouTube, an original concert piece for contralto and orchestra called Vienne la neige. Because you can't get a computer to sing like a contralto, the vocal part is transcribed for cello.
It's hard to read the 10-point text in the score and the text is in French, so there are two versions: one with a moving cursor score, and one with text slides and a running English translation.
Announcement (shoutout?) concluded, I'd like to say I'm very pleased by the direction Musescore 4 will be taking. Realising Vienne with 3.x was the most gruelling 18 months I've ever put into a piece. I set myself the task of realising the score entirely within Musescore--using the internal FluidSynth, no pay-or-you-don't-play commercial sample libraries, expression controlled directly from the score, phrasing/bowing and articulations from the piano roll editor, etc. Pure Musescore, in other words, except that the reverb is supplied by an external zita-rev1 reverberator, the same one Musescore 3 uses but operating in ambisonic mode, which Musescore doesn't provide.
It was an exercise in frustration from start to finish. If I were to grade Musescore 3, I'd give it a nice solid B+ for engraving, and a resounding F when it comes to realising orchestral scores. Fully half the time I worked on the piece was spent concocting hacks, kludges, and workarounds to playback/midi deficiencies and flaws. The absolute very worst of these was the incompatibility of "expressive" soundfonts (SND) with user-set note velocity offsets. Hundreds of Staff Text channel changes and uncountable numbers of hidden dynamic markings later, I was nearly weeping with frustration.
The promise of a Musescore that takes the needs of midi composers seriously, as 4 promises to do, fills my heart with joy. I want to compose, engrave, and realise scores, not fight with software for months at a stretch. Kudos and a huge thanks to Martin Keary for taking over Musescore. (His Shostakovich video alone convinces me he's the person for the job.) I am unreservedly optimistic.