At a Glance
- Clean, digital version of classic English Roundhand.
- Not all letter pairs play nicely together.
Claude Pelletier’s elegant script provides adds a romantic spin to font collections.
If we were matchmakers unstuck in time, we would introduce
Chopin the composer to Chopin Script font. Nineteenth-century
Monsieur Chopin is known for major innovation to the Polonaise, a
low dance of Polish origin, while Twenty-first century Chopin
Script is a digital descendent of the script face Polonaise created
in 1970 by the late Phil Martin of Alphabet Innovations.
Chopin and Chopin Script have more than a word in common. True,
one Chopin started as a child prodigy while the other bounced from
Photo Type to TrueType to OpenType format, but they both possess
the soaring qualities of diehard romantics and they are both
multi-lingual, thanks to the font’s inclusion of specialty
characters that make setting possible in French and English. We can
thank Quebec-based designer Claude Pelletier for that, and for
digitalizing Martin’s Polonaise beginning in 1999.
Pelletier also preserved the calligraphic pedigree of Polonaise.
Nothing is vertical. Upper and lowercase characters flow to the
right as if just coming off the pen, and more than one character
sports the tiny upward flick of ink applied by aficionados of the
English Roundhand lettering form also known as Copperplate
A low x-height makes Chopin Script appear smaller than its set
height. The characters display best at 24 points and up, allowing
the thinner strokes to remain visible. The font includes full sets
of upper and lowercase characters, numerals and punctuation,
monetary and math symbols, and the aforementioned accented and
diacritic vowel substitutes extending its use to more than one
Computer-formatted scripts always arrive with baggage. Type the
word “Grass” in Chopin Script and you’ll discover a work of art
with the cap “G” tickling the belly of the “a”. Type “Splendor in
the Grass” and you’ll encounter problems with uneven spacing
between the “p to l” and “d to o” while the “l to e” and “t to h”
connections don’t quite flow. Digital fonts are made in a manner
where micro-customization isn’t possible unless hundreds of
alternative characters are on offer. If the text application you
are using doesn’t offer manual kerning, keep an eye out for problem
character pairs, especially if you are trying to simulate a
Spacing problems aside, every font lover should have Pelletier’s
delicate script at the ready, if only for the beauty of setting
words like “Howl” and “Moon” or writing a tasteful dinner
invitation for that lovely new neighbor. No matter what comes your
way, we say leave Arial at the office. Chopin Script is the perfect
partner in the slow dance of romance.
Note: To use this font, unzip the folder and
install the .otf file in the folder C:WindowsFonts. Note that the
fonts won’t appear in your applications until you close and re-open