# LilyPond: how to avoid spaces around \bold{}?

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
• 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). Jul 28, 2021 at 17:13
• 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
• Besides, I am also having fun typesetting the music. Jul 28, 2021 at 20:52
• 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

Use the concatenation function \concat{ }:
\concat{[\bold{Неторопливо}]}
\bold{{[Неторопливо]}}