It seems like \bold markup in LilyPond automatically adds surrounding spaces. Is there a way to avoid it?

Here is an example:


You can clearly see spaces between the brackets and the inside text.

Here is the code:

\version "2.22.1"
\language "italiano"

right = \relative do'' {
    \key sol \minor
    \tempo \markup {\normal-text {Andante con moto [\bold{Неторопливо}]}}
    <fa, sib re>2 <sol sib sol'>2 (
    <fa re' fa>4 <sol do mib>2.)

left = \relative do' {
    \key sol \minor
    <sib, sib'>2 <mib, mib'>2 (
    <sib sib'>4 <do do'>2.)

\score {
    \new PianoStaff <<
        \new Staff = "right" \right
        \new Staff = "left" { \clef bass \left }
  • Just out of interest, why do you want the Russian text bolded? Jul 28, 2021 at 16:53
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    I have an urtext of a piano piece by Musorgsky in a bad quality TIFF file. I am typesetting it to print a nice looking copy, and would like it to look exactly like the original. It plays better this way (part of my mental disability).
    – facetus
    Jul 28, 2021 at 17:13
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    You could save the trouble: Une Larme There's 4 scores there, you could see if one of them looks better than what you've got. (I happen to own the book for the first one.) Jul 28, 2021 at 19:55
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    Besides, I am also having fun typesetting the music.
    – facetus
    Jul 28, 2021 at 20:52
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    Yes, I've played it quite a bit - that's how I recognized it immediately from just the first 4 chords. I'm not a pro by any means, but it is one of the easier pieces in that book. I understand the appeal of typesetting it yourself, just figured I'd let you know that there are alternatives that would save you a bunch of work. Jul 28, 2021 at 21:13

1 Answer 1


Use the concatenation function \concat{ }:


Another option would be to just put the bold function outside of the brackets:


but this would obviously make the brackets bold too.
(I assume this is not what you want)

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