Questions tagged [engraving]

For questions about the engraving of scores and how to achieve intended notational effects. Questions regarding the meaning of specific notation are best served with the notation tag. For questions discussing a particular engraving software, the software should also be tagged.

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Use of fractional time signatures in Lilypond

I am trying to recreate this time signature of 2 and a half over 4 in lilypond. I cannot figure out how to get the fraction in there, and for this project, I am required to keep as many engraving ...
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Writing dynamics separately with Lilypond

I've recently been engraving more and more with Lilypond, and I stumbled upon a .ly file on Mutopia (public domain scores engraved with Lilypond) where the dynamics and articulations are written ...
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How to write after a score wih Lilypond

So I want to write not just at the end of a score, but after it, like the dal segno on this snippet : I find it really neat, but don't find how to do it. It is not a text script, spanner or mark. It ...
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Aligning cross-staff stems when the same pitch is involved with Lilypond

I am engraving a bit for piano, where there is a chord spanning cross staff (played with the left hand). One of the pitches of the chord also appears on the right hand, and that messes up my engraving,...
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What is the name for this style of Beaming in Music Engraving?

This is a rough example of my engraving of beaming which I really like and takes time to produce, and I think looks very good. This is an example from an old score that seems to represent standard ...
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Printing all accidentals with Lilypond

I am trying to print all the accidentals within a staff (or within the score, both would work) while engraving with Lilypond. Currently, it's because I'm engraving 80+ bar, multi-staff unmetered music ...
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Changing the size of all grace notes with Lilypond

I am trying to change the size of all grace notes within a staff (or within the score, both would work) while engraving with Lilypond. The documentation on the grace engraver is not the most ...
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Custom text in volta with Lilypond

I'm trying to put custom text in voltas when engraving with Lilypond. The problem is not to add text, but to add it with the formatting I want. I am aware that a similar question was asked and ...
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How to separate introduction from main theme with Lilypond

I'm trying to reproduce a music sheet with Lilypond, and it has an introduction separate from the main theme, but still on the same "line / staff / group of staves", just like so : And I don't know ...
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In LilyPond, can I automatically center markup on a slur/tie?

For some teaching examples I'm making, I'm looking to label slurs and ties. I'd like the label to be placed in the center of the slur automatically, much like LaTeX's midway stipulation. I can move ...
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Rest Collision Error on in lilypond

In a project of mine, one of the staves, whenever I put anything in it that isn't a full bar rest throws up a "cannot resolve rest collision: rest direction not set" error. It will still render but it ...
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How do I use full bar rests in lilypond with long bar lengths

I am working with a file that has some bars of very long duration (the first bar of the piece is in 20/8), and simply putting R1 will not give me a full bar rest. In the following bar of 8/8, it works ...
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Cross Staff Beaming in parts using more than two staves

So I have two somewhat related questions. Firstly, is there a native way in lilypond to work with piano scores with more than two staves? I am hopefully beginning work on a project soon where I will ...
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Name for partially disjointed/interrupted chords, Lilypond

I am trying to denote something where I play a chord, lets say C, but then then I keep playing the note e (for a whole note) key and stop on the other two notes (c and g). Then i play the g note (or c ...
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Custom dynamic mark attached to a note, but not postponning the next

I am in the process of engraving a piano sheet, and I wrote a custom dynamic mark with the look of which I am very happy, but the behavior, not totally. It is the following : mff = \tweak DynamicText....
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How to turn off lilypond automatic staff width

So if I engrave music with LilyPond, and I write a few bars, the staves may initially stop in the middle of page (horizontally speaking). I write some more, and eventually, it reach the edge of the ...
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How to Get Lilypond Music Engraver to Render File in SVG Format

I am looking to get Lilypond to output my scores in SVG format. I'm working on the Windows 10 platform. So far I have only been able to get png outputs using the following command in the command line: ...
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Can't make my (phrasing) slur end where I want it to with LilyPond

I am trying to write a phrasing slur on a << {} \\ {} >> construction, and it seems like the slur doesn't end where it should. My code is as follows : %%%%%%%%%% %% VERSION %%%%%%%%%% \...
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(Dis)aligning lyrics to a melody with LilyPond

I am trying to write a score for piano and voice. The piano actually has staves associated with it, but because the melody is already common and known by the intended audience, there is no staff for ...
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Complex beam in Lilypond

I'm trying to reproduce a scanned score with Lilypond. The original (the part of interest, at least), looks like this : My Lilypond code is the following (I put the crescendo in the upper staff) : %%...
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Can't make my crescendo end were I want it to with Lilypond

I'm trying to reproduce a scanned score with Lilypond. The original (the part of interest, at least), looks like this : As you can see, there is a crescendo starting at the beginning of the 3rd bar, ...
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Breath Marks (different symbols)

Breath marks (related to caesurae) often appear in scores for woodwind instruments where it is acceptable to take a breath of air. They are placed in a passage where the phrasing will not be ...
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LiliyPond: Is it possible to create an instrument switch that goes from a Staff to a DrumStaff and back?

I'm typesetting a piece where a singer alternates between singing and playing maracas while never doing both at the same time. I would like to use a single stave and make an instrument switch using \...
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LilyPond: Combine parts when identical, but split into staves when different

I'm arranging the second movement of Ravel's Ma mere l'Oye for recorder ensemble. There are two parts for tenor recorder, and I'd like to combine them into one written part. Sometimes, the two parts ...
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In Lllypond, connect half note with 8th note beams for guitar arpeggio

I've come across guitar sheets several times where the bass note of an arpeggiated chord, written as a half note (to keep the string ringing) is connected to the beam of the 8th notes following, for ...
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When does bar-line go down?

I have a piano theory test real soon and it will require writing modern vocal score in open score. When I see examples of open score, sometimes the bar lines go through the 4 parts, and sometimes ...
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Writing music by hand?

How do you write music by hand -- without using a ruler -- and not make it look like ugly chickenscratch? Are there exercises for writing note heads, stems and beams while making them look relatively ...
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LilyPond - setting different staff-sizes for different scores in “2.18”

I'm truing to use different staff sizes for different scores or at least book-parts in LilyPond "2.18.2". There is a question on here about setting the staff-size globally, which does not solve my ...
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LilyPond - supress/skip MIDI generation

When I work on my LilyPond scores, especially in the end when I just tweak on some graphical settings, it would be quite nice if it was possible to skip the Midi generation, even though it is not very ...
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LilyPond - how to write a basic makefile

During the last years I tought myself to write scores using LilyPond and furthermore to make file handling easier by using Bash scripts. Recently I started a project a little bigger than only one or ...
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Marking a section of measures as optional

Is there an "official" way of marking a section of measures as optional? I'm not talking about an ossia, but defining a whole consecutive set of measures as "include according to preference". I'm ...
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LilyPond - changing the output format and resolution of a preview image

I use the folowing command to get preview images of my scores: lilypond -d preview -o preview/ my_file.ly -d sets the output to the first line including titles -o to select a different output ...
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LilyPond - change tuplet bracket to a small bow

I have a Cello piece from Sebastian Lee, that uses quite a lot of tuplets. My snippet with the default LilyPond setting looks like this: this looks pretty nice, the problem is that a beginner could ...
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LilyPond – omit first page-number when numbering formatted by markup

I use this snippet to reformat the LilyPond page numbering: pagenumcol = \markup { \column { \vspace #0.5 \fromproperty #'page:page-number-string } } copyrightcol = \markup { \fill-...
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Anacruses, Bar Lines, and Line Breaks

I am an amateur composer. Page layout is important to me; I like the line breaks to be significant punctuation to the score. i.e. the end of: sections, parts, phrases, lines of verse/lyrics, are ...
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Music engraving - chord with different note lengths (half and quarter)

Another engraving question arised from the same book Sebastian Lee; Op. 70 In Nr. 40 there are two chords, containing half and quarter notes: since this is a cello score, and you can not play three ...
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Music engraving - note with two accidentals - natural (♮) and sharp (♯)

I have a cello score here from Sebastian Lee; Op. 70. Nr. 37 in bass clef and the key of c minor contains the following part: what is the sense of this 5th note in the upper staff? why is it using ...
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Force bar numbers below the staff and chord names above in LilyPond

In the documentation for the bar number engraver, it's quite clear that the bar numbers were only ever intended to go above the staff. How do I override that behavior? It would make a part I'm ...
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How to make unpitched percussion and a pitched instrument share a staff in LilyPond?

For parts where the percussionist switches from vibraphone to maracas, for example, is there a way to combine the two on the same staff? IIRC, LilyPond treats normal staves and percussion staffs ...
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How to write string divisi sections w/ different instructions correctly

There are two string parts in a piece I’m writing that use divisi, and I’m not sure how to write them correctly. First, this violin section: I want to make clear that all players should play sul ...
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How to condense an SATB choir section with mixed dynamics, voices & hairpins

The score I’m working on has a four-part SATB choir, thus: For space-conservation reasons I usually condense my choir parts down to a SA/TB grand staff. But this choir section has different dynamics ...
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Where should I change bow direction for these notes?

Here is a small extract from Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 49, II Andante con moto tranquillo: Until I can redo the screenshot, these notes should be marked as staccato too I am a bit confused ...
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How to indicate divisi with specific uneven players

My prior understanding was that when writing divisi with strings, the number you specified with “a[x]” indicated the number of players per divisi section; i.e., “div. a8” = 8 players on this line, etc....
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When to use note beaming over/under rests?

I’ve seen plenty of questions here asking how to create beams over/under rests (generic example pictured below), but I don’t see any addressing my much more basic question: Is there any general rule ...
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Handwriting Music

I am a composer who started on computer software to write, but am now switching to handwriting music. I have read that one writes everything out in pencil first, then goes over it in pen, but how far ...
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Which note goes on which side of the stem?

When writing music in sheet music form, I know that when writing harmonic intervals of a second, one of the two notes is on the opposite side of the notehead. My trouble is determining which note to ...
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Simple way to add an additional octave in Musescore?

I wrote an arrangement in Musescore, and I got complaints that some (most) notes on a particular instrument were too high for a beginner. So now I want to add an additional lower octave for each note. ...
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Creating two-staved ossia in Lilypond

How can I create an ossia in lilypond with two staves (for piano). I want the ossia to be smaller in size than the regular music and if possible have the dotted line connecting it to the actual music ...
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Time signature inconsistent

I'm trying to write the first measure of the Moonlight in Lilypond From my very basic knowledge the first measure is 4 x 3 x 1/8 = 3/2 long, but the special symbol (alla breve) seams to be a 2/2. ...
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Lines too long in piece with two sections for different instruments

I'm trying to use Lilypond 2.18.2 to engrave a piece with two staff groups: a verse for piano (18 bars), and a chorus for choir (8 bars). I'm trying to follow the Lilypond example "Solo Verse and Two-...