In a hymn I am working on, the first measure is partial and has only an eighth note, but the Time Signature is 6:8. Someone told me that the ending measure should also be offset in reverse to make up for it so that the first and last measure add up correctly.
[Disclaimer: I'm learning music theory as I go...]
Is that right?
Problem is that in Lilypond if I do that, the measure never closes with a full bar. Isn't it supposed to end with a full bar?
Here is the alternative:
Dave's answer below solves the display issue for Lilypond, whilst MattPutnam's answer described the use of the partial measure in the Finale. I wanted to post the results of the output, though: