I am using lilypond to typeset some music. I would like to leave away some bars from the original music. Therefore, I have to jump from some bar to an other. But I want to show, that I cut something out.

What is the most common notation for such thing and how could I achieve that with lilypond?

  • The score stops at rehearsal mark A at bar 100
  • Some notation like "jump to", a symbol, an arrow, [...], blank bars...
  • The score begins again at rehearsal mark M at bar 200
  • The bar numbering starting at rehearsal mark M shout be 200 (100) | 201 (101) | 202 (102) | and so on.

Maybe, there is something in the manual for lilypond, but I can not find it. I don't even remember the Italian expression for "jump to".

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The Bar Numbers and Rehearsal Marks segments of the documentation indicate how to do this:

c1 | c1 | c1 | c1
%location where music has been elided

% I'd do something like:
s1^"2nd Movement Deleted" | s1 | s1 | s1 \break
% which inserts a line of blank bars, with a comment above 
% indicating what has been removed

%reset the bar-number counter to the bar number that you want
\set Score.currentBarNumber = #200
\mark #13 % insert a rehearsal mark corresponding to "M" (letter 13)
c1 | c1 | c1 | c1
\mark \default %subsequent rehearsal marks will increment \
               %from the previous (this will be "N").
  • Thank you very much. I will try that at home. Two more things: Do you now, how to say "jump to M" in Italian (or French. I am looking for some expression like "vi de". Can't remember the real words). And do you know, how to do a double numeration of the bars "old number (new number)"?
    – LaRiFaRi
    Sep 25, 2013 at 8:56
  • Interesting-- reference pages like the Dolmetsch page of notations have the "jump to Coda" but no other item to mark a cut or skip. Sep 25, 2013 at 12:35
  • Yes, this would be cool, to have an item for that. But the blank bar looks fine for now.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Sep 25, 2013 at 17:44
  • lilypond.org/doc/v2.17/Documentation/notation/bars#bar-lines There is a type of bar line which yields a "[". Would look nice I think, but I don't succeed.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Sep 25, 2013 at 20:22
  • 1
    @LaRiFaRi this might be new for 2.17; are you using an earlier version?
    – Dave
    Sep 25, 2013 at 20:30

I think you are looking for "𝄋" (the Segno), and "D.S." (Dal Segno). "Dal Segno" is Italian for "From the Sign", where as "𝄋" is the sign.

These are instructions used in musical scores for jumps (although usually for jumping backwards). A similar symbol is the coda symbol "𝄌". There are also a handful of related phrases (in Italian) for jumping around in a score.

Implementation with a LilyPond score is reasonably straight forward, but as you are actually skipping a section, and using the rehearsal marks it takes a bit of a fiddle:

\score {
    \new Staff {
        \set Score.currentBarNumber = #92
            e'1 | e'1 | e'1 | e'1 |

            g'1 | g'1 | g'1 | g'1 _\markup{ \bold "( D.S. )"} |
                    \bar "||"

            \mark \default
            \bar ""

        \set Score.currentBarNumber = #200
        \mark #12
            b'1 ^\markup {( \musicglyph #"scripts.segno" )} | b'1 | b'1 | b'1 |

99DS A100 S200

N.B. I could not figure out how to customise the bar numbers to have "200 (100)" etc.

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