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The GUIDO Music Notation Format is named after Guido d'Arezzo (990-1050), a renowned music theorist of his time and important contributor to today's conventional musical notation (CMN). His achievements include the perfection of the staff system for music notation and the invention of solmization.

Preliminary work on the GUIDO Music Notation Format originated in 1992/93, when first prototypes of the SALIERI System and Language where designed and implemented. Later, this work became part of the SALIERI Project on the Characterization of Algorithmic Aspects in Music. In 1996, when the range of the SALIERI Project was significantly extended, the essential concepts of the GUIDO Format were designed by Holger H. Hoos. Since then, work on GUIDO has been done by the SALIERI Project group at the Technical University in Darmstadt / Germany. Since 1997, the GUIDO development and design is supported by Keith A. Hamel, composer and director of the Computer Music Studion of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver / Canada who is also author of the professional notation programs NoteWriter and NoteAbility.

The GUIDO Format Language Specification, Examples for its usage and tools for manipulating GUIDO files are freely available from this website. Hopefully, GUIDO will eventually be supported and used by a broad range of computer music applications such as notation software, compositional and analytical systems and tools, performance systems, and large musical databases

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