Solarized Colors: Frescobaldi & LilyPond

Using Frescobaldi with LilyPond to engrave your scores?

Frescobaldi is a very powerful program which allows you to use LilyPond with a fully featured, open source, user-friendly graphical interface. However, right out of the box it can appear to be a little tough on the eyes.

By default, Frescobaldi presents itself with a bright white background, small fonts, and plain basic colors. After a while, this may begin to strain your eyes…

Since I spend several hours a day using Frescobaldi, I decided to create a “solarized” color scheme to help my workflow and reduce eye strain. It’s based on Ethan’s color scheme here.

This is what Frescobaldi looks like by default, before my color scheme:

And here is what Frescobaldi looks like after my solarized color scheme:

If you would like to use my solarized color theme, it’s available as a free download here (v5.0):

bl – Frescobaldi Solarized Theme for LilyPond

My GitHub also has all of my LilyPond/Frescobaldi configurations and snippets if you’re interested in those as well.

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My solarized theme is featured in this video:
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