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I am working on a template for SATB Vocal hymn. To show the lyrics underneath the Soprano line, I use the following.

      \new Lyrics \lyricsto "Soprano" {
        \set stanza = "1." \small \verseOne
      }
      \new Lyrics \lyricsto "Soprano" {
        \set stanza = "2." \small \verseTwo
      }
      \new Lyrics \lyricsto "Soprano" {
        \set stanza = "3." \small \verseThree
      }
      \new Lyrics \lyricsto "Soprano" {
        \set stanza = "4." \small \verseFour
      }
      \new Lyrics \lyricsto "Soprano" {
        \set stanza = "5." \small \verseFive
      }

It works well inside a \score. I can see 5 stanzas in this hymn.

My question is, is it possible to combine all these 15 lines for showing lyrics into a single variable? Say \allVerses which replaces these 15 lines?

I tried ...

allVerses = {
    \new Lyrics \lyricsto "Soprano" {
      \set stanza = "1." \small \verseOne
    }
    \new Lyrics \lyricsto "Soprano" {
      \set stanza = "2." \small \verseTwo
    }
    \new Lyrics \lyricsto "Soprano" {
      \set stanza = "3." \small \verseThree
    }
    \new Lyrics \lyricsto "Soprano" {
      \set stanza = "4." \small \verseFour
    }
    \new Lyrics \lyricsto "Soprano" {
      \set stanza = "5." \small \verseFive
    }
  }

... but this method only display the first stanza in the SATB song.

So, is there a way for showing all lyrics using a single variable?

Thank you!!

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    Are these verses supposed to appear directly under one-another (as the music repeats)? Feb 19 at 8:02
  • Correct. And I wish I knew how to attach a screenshot here...
    – ikel
    Feb 19 at 8:10
  • 1
    You should be able to attach a screenshot with the image icon in the editor. Feb 19 at 8:19

1 Answer 1

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You’re almost there, all you have to do is to wrap the various \new Lyrics blocks in double chevrons << & >>. This will make each of these occur simultaneously rather than sequentially.

allVerses = {
    <<
        \new Lyrics \lyricsto "Soprano" {
            \set stanza = "1." \small \verseOne
        }
        \new Lyrics \lyricsto "Soprano" {
            \set stanza = "2." \small \verseTwo
        }
        \new Lyrics \lyricsto "Soprano" {
            \set stanza = "3." \small \verseThree
        }
        \new Lyrics \lyricsto "Soprano" {
            \set stanza = "4." \small \verseFour
        }
        \new Lyrics \lyricsto "Soprano" {
            \set stanza = "5." \small \verseFive
        }
    >>
}
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  • Thanks for pointing out the chevrons. The stanzas print out beautifully.
    – ikel
    Feb 19 at 8:33
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    Remark: The sequential music { ... } around << ... >> is not necessary.
    – Lazy
    Feb 19 at 9:50
  • @Lazy. Thanks and noted. That's a habit from C++.
    – ikel
    Feb 19 at 18:45

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