How to open .mus (Finale) files?

• Nov 20, 2018 - 18:43

I was a music major until I switched to IT.

I've developed an interest in arranging recently so I got my old arranging text book.

It comes with a CD of files (.mus, finale). I was hoping to be able to open these without installing Finale. I have GNU/Linux installed and that would probably be a hassle.


As mentioned, you'll need to get these into MusicXML format to be able to access them in any software but Finale, but you don't need the full version of Finale to do that. The free Finale Notepad will do the job just as well.

In reply to by TheHutch

He says that when he entered the job market, MIDI didn’t exist. Considering he just retired last year, and the announcement of his retirement says “after 44 years as a software engineer”, that puts the beginning of his career at 1979.

Anyhow, it’s true Finale didn’t create MusicXML - but they did buyout the company that did and hire its founder, and then they effectively owned the format for years.

In reply to by TheHutch

Midi may have been standardized in the early 80's, but the precursors had been in development for almost a decade before. I remember being in Music School in 1973. There was talk of coming technology that was going to replace real musicians. Not good news for us performance and music ed majors.

In reply to by bobjp

The idea of "coming technology that was going to replace real musicians" is MUCH older even than that: Arthur C. Clarke wrote a (Hilarious!!!) sci-fi short about the idea in 1957 ( The player piano was invented in 1896 ( None of that is more than tangentially relevant to the creation of MIDI, which is a specific standard for interconnecting electronic musical devices.

"In the early 1980s, there was no standardized means of synchronizing electronic musical instruments manufactured by different companies. Manufacturers had their own proprietary standards to synchronize instruments ... In June 1981, [Ikutaro Kakehashi, the president of Roland] proposed developing a standard to the Oberheim Electronics founder Tom Oberheim ....
At the 1983 Winter NAMM Show, Smith demonstrated a MIDI connection between Prophet 600 and Roland JP-6 synthesizers. The MIDI specification was published in August 1983.... In 1983, the first instruments were released with MIDI, the Roland Jupiter-6 and the Prophet 600. In 1983, the first MIDI drum machine, the Roland TR-909, and the first MIDI sequencer, the Roland MSQ-700, were released."

In reply to by TheHutch

Well, Google can tell us all kinds of things. My point is that in 1973 serious work about this was underway. Enough so that music professors knew about it. Not a work of fiction or hearsay. It is exactly relevant, as a precursor.

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