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I'm trying to typeset a larger piece than I normally do. It has 44 instruments, which I've condensed into 35 staves using a lot of \partCombine.

I've tried to put this onto A3 paper:

$(set-default-paper-size "a3") 

And I've tried to remove empty staves where possible with:

\layout {
  \context {
    \Staff
    \RemoveEmptyStaves
  }
}

The first page, which shows all staves (of which most are empty) has some issues with overlapping:

Drawing systems...
warning: compressing over-full page by 69.7 staff-spaces
warning: page 1 has been compressed

Busy pages get much worse to the point where I can't tell the difference between a tenor and alto clef.

warning: compressing over-full page by 123.7 staff-spaces
warning: page 18 has been compressed

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If I go to A2 paper, things get so much better, but there are still a few over-full pages with minor collisions.

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A1 resolves all collisions, but the printing cost is going to be incredible, and turning half-square-meter pages during a performance is going to look a little silly.

I notice that a single note is the same size on all paper sizes. Is there a way for me to globally scale everything down (staves, text, note heads) so I can use A3? If not, is there a better solution?

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  • Obviously setting the staff size is the correct approach, but creating A1 or A2 output would not be a major issue: not only printing by adapting to a given page size will work, but, in case you use PDF (or PostScript based printing), scaling to a desired page size is immediate and always consistent, and can be achieved with simple command line tools like ghostscript. Commented Jun 16 at 13:26

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Set the staff size of the score by doing

#(set-global-staff-size the-staff-size)

where the-staff-size is the height of one standard staff in pt (default is 20pt). See the manual for details:

https://lilypond.org/doc/v2.24/Documentation/notation/setting-the-staff-size

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  • Perfect! #(set-global-staff-size 12) was the largest I could manage without compressed pages.
    – Stewart
    Commented Jun 15 at 10:30

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