The Norfolk family of fonts is a derivative of Bravura that is expressly reconfigured to work within Sibelius. Bravura is a SMuFL-compliant music font family, designed by Daniel Spreadbury at Steinberg for Dorico, its scoring application.
Steinberg describes Bravura as drawing upon the heritage of the finest European music engraving of the 19th and early 20th centuries, with a bolder and more substantial look than most other music fonts: thin strokes are slightly thicker than in other fonts, improving the overall “blackness” of the font and its legibility when read at a distance.
Because Sibelius does not support SMuFL (Standard Music Font Layout), a series of derivative fonts needed to be created in order for Bravura to be compatible with Sibelius. These fonts are:
- Norfolk Std
- Norfolk Text Std
- Norfolk Special Std
- Norfolk Special II Std
- Norfolk Special Extra Std
- Norfolk Ornaments Std
- Norfolk Metronome Std
- Norfolk Chords Std
- Norfolk PlainChords Std
- Norfolk Chords Sans Std
- Norfolk PlainChords Sans Std
- Norfolk Chords ASC Std
- Norfolk Chords ASL Std
- Norfolk Chords Sans ASC Std
- Norfolk Chords Sans ASL Std
- Norfolk Harp Std
Each Norfolk font is intended as a replacement for its analogous Opus font, with the exception of:
Special II, which is an additional font containing Bravura characters not found or easily replaced in Opus, such as precomposed octave clefs;
Harp Std, which is an additional font containing Bravura characters for use with harp techniques;
The ASC/ASL Std fonts, additional fonts to achieve chord symbols that place an altered bass note underneath an angled separator in a diagonal arrangement, like this:
Included along with the Norfolk fonts is a house style designed to take maximum advantage of Norfolk’s characteristics.
Included with the Norfolk fonts are:
- Academico, a serif text font designed by Daniel Spreadbury at Steinberg for Dorico and intended to pair well with Norfolk Chords and PlainChords;
- Gothic A1, a sans-serif text font designed by HanYang I&C Co. and intended to pair well with Norfolk Chords Sans and PlainChords Sans;
- Figurato, a figured bass font designed by Florian Kretlow.
Included along with these fonts is a Sibelius template with a house style designed to take maximum advantage of Norfolk’s characteristics. The house style is a simplified version of the house style used in the Scoring Express Chamber templates. Although you do not need the house style or the Academico font to use the Norfolk fonts, they are recommended.
Also included is a Sibelius document intended to help transfer Norfolk Harp Std characters into an existing Sibelius document.
What’s the difference between downloading the Norfolk or Pori fonts and purchasing Scoring Express?
|Feature||Norfolk / Pori fonts only||Scoring Express|
|Fonts||Norfolk and Pori are separate items||All Norfolk, Pori, and other high quality music and text fonts included with every purchase; more than 40 in all|
|Installation||Manual||Automatic installer. No separate font download or installation necessary|
|Templates||No||At least 9 different templates included|
|House Styles||1 basic per font||Yes: One per template, plus a parts house style|
|Manuscript Papers||No||Yes: One per template|
|Custom features||Limited||Many extra symbols, lines, hierarchical text styles, engraving rules, positioning settings and note spacing rule|
|Price||$20.00 (suggested contribution)||$59.99 - $69.99|