I am writing a Scheme function to semi-automatically compile a few different books from a source file (with various sets of scores, instruments etc. included in each book). When handling a Book object, I can append a score to it quite simply:

(ly:book-add-score! book score)

However, I would also want to insert some page breaks between those scores. The obvious solution does not work:

(ly:book-add-score! book #{ \score { \pageBreak } #})

produces the output "warning: skipping zero-duration score", and of course no page break. I guess that I must append the page break, not as a score, but as markup (using a variant of the add-text function from scm/lily-library.scm maybe)? However, every attempt to do this resulted in an (opaque) Guile error.

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Toplevel \pageBreak et al. calls are translated to special objects that are called "page markers". This is internally done using collect-music-aux, which takes as first argument the score handler (in your case this would be something like (lambda (score) (ly:book-add-score! book score))) and the music as second argument.

So you’d do something like

 (lambda (score) (ly:book-add-score! book score))
 #{ \pageBreak #})

Of course you could also directly create the page marker you need and pass that to ly:book-add-score!.

Remark: This function handles toplevel music expressions, so if you do { c d e } this function is responsible for invoking scorify-music to wrap this into a score object.

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