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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When removing the StemEngraver, how can I ensure Lilypond properly places adjacent notes?

The following code compiles without a hitch: \version "2.20.0" left = \relative c' { <b c g'> } \layout { \context { \Voice % When I uncomment below, the % note ...
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Align \markup and fermata in make-music-function?

The end goal is to have some function that takes a rest and optional text and outputs the rest with a fermata, boxed "vocals", and the optional key words. Inspired by this question, I was ...
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Raise or lower position of percent repeat counters by voice in Lilypond?

There is a very similar question; however, I cannot use its answer because it sets the \override PercentRepeatCounter.Y-offset = #-3 inside the \layout of a score block. I need the ability to leave ...
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Vertically centering text in a Lilypond Dynamics staff

When engraving my own scores, I like to have all dynamics centered vertically. In Lilypond, we can easily do this by inserting a Dynamics "staff" between the two staves of a piano score. ...
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Removing entire barline in Lilypond

How can I remove the entirety of the barlines (including that between the staves) from these examples using a \with-based solution? I continue trying the solutions shown in the documentation, but with ...
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Force Lilypond staves to continue on next page

For an analytical project I'm working on, I want three separate scores right on top of each other: the bottom staff of the three has the actual music, and the top two staves are of the same size/shape ...
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Which Lilypond engraver handles accent marks?

In the following example (from my recent question, Globally removing engravers from LilyPond), I've managed to remove every engraver I need except for one: whichever engraver is responsible for the ...
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Globally removing engravers from LilyPond

Using the following adjusted musical example: I'm hoping to remove all elements except for clefs, key signatures, the staff itself, note heads, and accidentals. All other elements—ties and slurs, ...
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Most readable way to write left hand flowing towards higher notes

I'm struggling to make a simple passage I've written look and feel 'comfortable'. The left hand is 'travelling' across the piano. Which of these are more readable? My instinct says to stick with the ...
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LilyPond: How to make a "Blank Staff Paper"?

I was trying to "update" and change some properties from the "Blank Staff Page" piece of code that appears here: https://snipplr.com/view/579/blank-staff-paper-with-lilypond Which ...
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Suppressed repeated tuplet numbers

In older scores that have been engraved by hand, it is very common to see something like this: i.e. if there are many of the same tuplets in a row, the tuplet number is shown only for a couple of ...
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8va or clef change?

I've been transcribing music on and off for a few years now as a hobby and noticed while reading someone else's sheets that they have heaps of clef changes midway through the piece. It sort of blew my ...
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Instances of note beams across measures

How rare was it, in classical and romantic periods, for composers to notate eighth note and sixteenth note beams across measures? Are there examples from composers other than Schubert? In two of ...
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Note placement for beat/rhythm clarity

I have been transcribing a piece in 4/4 time for the piano. I am not fully certain as to how I should format the notes on the upper staff – as they split every beat. I have provided 3 options below ...
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Do all voices deserve rests, or can I tactically omit rests?

The voice 3 (magenta) plays for just two semiquavers at the end of the bar: should I add a series of rests for that voice? it's hard to understand which rests belong to which voice when rendered in ...
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Gnossiennes and Free Time

I'm looking at Erik Satie's Gnossiennes, specifically Nos. 1-3, but for simplicity let's just consider Gnossienne No. 1. Most editions (see IMSLP) are engraved without a time signature nor with any ...
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Eliminate ties via additive meter?

I'm making a piano arrange of 裸の勇者. Many times, I put ties in the middle of the bar: These ties are noisy; I'd like to remove them. But I placed them there in the belief that they're required for ...
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In keyboard style harmony should there be a rest for each voice?

Here is a picture, and you can see the melody voice has a rest for the last 8th note, but I also added a rest for the alto and tenor. Is this correct, or would one rest have been ok?
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Lilypond: Set key change signature before D.C. or D.S., and different key in next line

Imagine you have a piece consisting of 3 parts, say A, B, C, and they appear in order A B A C. You want to typeset this in the following form with Da Capo and a Coda, and a line break after the "...
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Why an end repeat barline without a corresponding start repeat barline?

How should I interpret an end repeat barline without a corresponding start repeat barline? I was expecting to see a few bars delimited by corresponding start and end repeat barlines, but in this piece ...
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LilyPond: Allow dynamics (or other outside-staff objects) within the staff

I tried \version "2.22.1" \language "english" { \dynamicUp \once \override DynamicLineSpanner.staff-padding = #0 \once \override DynamicLineSpanner.Y-offset = -3 b'\f } ...
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Lilypond \easyHeadsOn: How to increase font size and make them bold inside a note head?

I am trying to annotate each note using tonic pitch names, so that it will be easier to sing these notes. Lilypond has this very nice feature \easyHeadsOn: https://lilypond.org/doc/v2.21/Documentation/...
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How to engrave these rest symbols in Lilypond?

The original instrument in the note below is violin, I'm engraving this piece for another instrument using Lilypond V2.20. How to make the rest symbols look like this in the first line below? And, ...
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Lilypond: Collisions with ledger lines - Can the length of an individual ledger line be modified?

I'm trying to replicate the elegance of the shortening of a ledger line to avoid a collision with a stem as seen in the following picture: Ledger lines don't seem to avoid collisions as you can see ...
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Lilypond: Align markup on a specific arg

I created a new dynamic marking using the method described in the documentation. What I have is this: \version "2.22.1" \language "english" subitoMF = \markup { \italic subito ...
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Can voltas be used mid-repeat instead of just at the end? [duplicate]

I'm writing an ABAB arrangement where the only difference the second time (apart from lyrics) is one extra bar (extra long pre-chorus, as it were) between A and B. I think it would help the musicians ...
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Prevent collision/overlap of ties in Lilypond

Running the input \score { \relative c' { <c d f g b c>4~ 4 } \layout { \context { \Score \override SpacingSpanner.base-shortest-duration = #(ly:make-moment 1/16) ...
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LilyPond: étude number on the left of the system

I would like to typeset several Czerny's études in LilyPond. In the original text they are numbered, like this: How can I get this number on the left of the system? I understand I can kind of mock it ...
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Notating a note sustained over clef change

I found this very interesting notation in Wiklund's first piano concerto, final bars of movement 1 (the transcription for two pianos): See the final left-hand bars: the low E is sustained over a clef ...
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Instrumental intro on "Piano and melody with lyrics" score in LilyPond

I am creating a LilyPond piano/vocal score starting with the Template A.3.2 Piano and melody with lyrics. In my piece, there will be several bars of instrumental introduction before the vocal line ...
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Multiple staccato dots on minim with tremolo repeat in Lilypond

I'm writing a piano reduction of Gustav Mahler's 4th Symphony (to help study the score and practice music notation, but mainly just for kicks 'n' grins) using GNU LilyPond. (Yes, I know, I'm totally ...
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Lilypond: natural+flat accidental in front of the note

I can not find a way to have both a natural and a flat accidental in front of a single note. How can I get this in LilyPond?
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Changing from divisi to multiple parts (Sibelius)

I am currently arranging a piece which has a few divisi parts. I will use the clarinets as the example for this question. There are two of them, and at the beginning (when they are not playing) I want ...
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When should tenor clef be used?

There are several instruments that have music written for them primarily in bass clef, but commonly change to tenor clef for a higher passages. In particular, I am interested in: Bassoon Trombone ...
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How do I write hairpins and dynamics between staves in LilyPond?

Here's a minimal example of the sort of result I want to produce in LilyPond. (This was produced in Finale.) Notice that the crescendo-stop, f, and decrescendo-start align with a note in the bottom ...
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Can't find in Lilypond docs - how to place notes in a chord?

How do I tell Lilypond which side of a stem I want individual chord tones on? With a simple chord in single angle brackets, like <e g b> <e a c>, the note heads all go to the left (default)...
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Interpreting Concert Scores

(Perhaps somewhat unusually) I understand how a transposed score works, but I don't understand the details of how "concert score" works – it's not as simple as: show every note at sounding ...
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Space the score notes evenly

Is there a way in LilyPond to space the score notes evenly? In the sample image made with LilyPond 2.22.01 the notes are not equally spaced. Edit The idea is to get all the notes to be spaced equally ...
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LilyPond: modifying woodwind diagrams

Regarding woodwind diagram in LilyPond such as: \markup { \center-column { \override #'(size . 0.7) { \woodwind-diagram #'flute #'((cc . (oneF two three four five six)) (...
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Left aligning copyright in Lilypond

Is it possible to left-align the copyright information in Lilypond instead of the default center-alignment?
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Polyphonic tie on lilypond

I am writing down the lovely Old Castle from Mussorgsky. And from the beginning there is a tie linking polyphonic voices. What I want to achieve is this: but what I get is Even if I put a tie, ...
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How should guitar strumming patterns be represented in music notation?

I am new to sheet music and I am basically a programmer. I am trying to blend technology with music and display the tabs on the screen like so for my son's YouTube channel. Now I want to integrate ...
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Is there a way of actually opening hairpins in LilyPond?

I need this for an Ossia staff that only appears for a single bar, like this: The real hairpin starts before that bar (like the 2nd one), but spanning the hairpin where the lower one starts doesn't ...
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How can I omit breaks and page breaks in LilyPond?

I'm creating score and parts from a single file with various \book blocks, and my instrument parts have some \break and \pageBreak commands, but I want my score to omit those breaks. I thought that ...
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Can I edit the properties of System Spacers in LilyPond and double it on the other side of the page?

I can't find any information about system spacers more than: \paper { system-separator-markup = \slashSeparator } I find the defaults too small, and I would like to put a second separator aligned ...
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Partially-optimized orchestra scores?

There are two different conventions I have seen for orchestra scores. In one, the full orchestra is shown on every page. Even if the flutes don't play a single note, (for example) their staff ...
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LilyPond: auto horizontal space for piano pedal

Is it possible to tell LilyPond to automatically add extra space for piano pedal symbols, so they don't overlap? If not, how to add the space manually? Here is what I am trying to achieve: This is ...
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Lilypond Markup Alignment

I have a fairly large note on how to program the keyboard in my piece that I would like to put between the right-hand staff and the left-hand staff. When I R1*3/4^\markup{\left-column{"G126 Vibra....
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\unfoldRepeats and \repeat with midi output in lilypond

I have a piece of lilypond code here: trebleNotesOne = { \unfoldRepeats { \repeat volta 2 { r8 a'16 b'16 c''8 b'16 c''16 d''2 | r8 b'16 a'16 b'8 a'16 g'16 f'2 | ...
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Starting temporary second voice in LilyPond

I'm scoring Bach BWV927 in LilyPond. For each hand, at various measures there are two voices. The left-hand second voice starts in the first measure, but the right-hand second voice starts in the ...
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