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Questions tagged [lilypond]

For questions about usage of LilyPond, the free music engraving program. Code formatting on this site is not intended for LilyPond; workarounds can be found on meta.

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Barcheck failed (Lilypond)

This piano excerpt is somewhere in movement two of "Trio élégiaque No. 2 in D minor, Op.9 (Rachmaninoff, Sergei)". Listen here: or here: ...
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Left hand/right hand indications LilyPond

I have been skimming through the LilyPond documentation for quite some time now, and I cannot find the proper way to insert "left hand" or "right hand" indications with LilyPond. Usually, when some ...
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LilyPond does not create MIDI file

I am a new user here. I have just installed LilyPond on Windows and I am having trouble creating MIDI files together with my scores. I am employing Frescobaldi as an editor, but the problem persists ...
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Adding \new Lyrics to music throws off alignment in lilypond

The following code causes an overflow, where the music goes off the side of the page: It seems that lilypond decides where the line breaks go before considering how lyrics will change spacing. How ...
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Lilypond v2.19 - How do I add a title to the second page of the same score?

I want to add a title to the second page of the same score. How would that be possible? Here is a template: http://www.lilybin.com/3hii6e/1 Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Lilypond - Contemporary Glissando to hidden final note

I'm trying to typeset a glissando with a known but hidden final note in lilypond 2.19.82. It's called "contemporary glissando" in the manual: Glissando Manual I've posted an example on http://www....
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How to change clef automatically when note falls between a certain range in LilyPond?

I want to accomplish the following: Is this possible to do automatically (i.e. without the \clef tenor, treble etc). Ideally, what I would like is to specify the points, or a range at which the clef ...
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How to properly use ChordRootNamer in lilypond

I write a songbook in lilypond and want to use Czech chords. Czech chords are almost the same as German chords are. (B chord is "H" and Bb chord is "B".) Moreover, I want minor chords to be small ...
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Localization in scores

Is there some way to make localization (translate to other languages) an easier task when digitally making scores? Currently, I have two options: write a page before the score with all the ...
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How can I set \repeatTie to follow a note

I need a small tie like the \repeatTie, but it has to be behind a note, not before: \version "2.18.2" \relative c' { \clef treble \key c \major \time 4/4 r2 c4 d8 d~ \repeat volta 2 {d8 ...
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Lilypond – ties across staves

Is there a way in Lilypond to tie notes across two staves? I have this fragment of an organ piece: \version "2.18.2" \language "deutsch" global = { \key c \major \numericTimeSignature \time 3/...
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Lilypond v2.19 - How do I overlap noteheads?

I would like to have the notes overlap each other, so that only the stems are turned upward. Here is the lilybin link http://lilybin.com/fr648f/1
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LilyJazz major 7 triangle symbol

I'm getting started using lilyjazz to write Jazz-styled music. I'd like to get the Realbook-like notation that I'm used to featuring a triangle to denote a major seven. the jazzchords.ily stylesheet ...
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How do I insert bar lines in mensural style in LilyPond?

I'm playing with LilyPond and was attempting to typeset some of Fux's Gradus Ad Parnassum. As far as I can tell, Fux uses what LilyPond calls mensural style for note heads, clefs, time signatures, etc....
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Lilypond: paper spacing variables not being respected for a score inside markup

I'm doing some chords+lyrics song sheets, and trying to achieve a two column layout. From what I've read, the way to accomplish this is by putting scores within a markup block. This works to get the ...
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How to cross staff slurs in lilypond?

\language "english" global = { \key c \minor \numericTimeSignature \time 4/4 } right = \relative c'' { \global < g c d g >1\arpeggio \bar "||" } left = \relative c, { \global <&...
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Lilypond spacing between lyrics and next system

I’m trying to improve the legibility of my scores by increasing the basic-distance between systems. There needs to be some whitespace between the last verse and the next system below. Here's what I’...
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Is there an easier way to notate this excerpt in LilyPond?

<< <des f aes c g' bes>1 \arpeggio { <<c''1 {f4. (c8 c2)} >> } >> It seems too difficult to do this in LilyPond. How do I do it?
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Lilypond - Repeat with Partial Mesaure at the End

This demonstrates the problem: \relative c' {c4 d e f d e \repeat volta 2 { f g a, b c d } \alternative { {e2} {e2~e2} }} (And here's a picture: I need the first ending to be half a measure, ...
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Lilypond - Custom Key Signature for Turkish folk music and microtonal accidentals

I have to create this key signature in lilypond: Would it be possible to create something like that? I really appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks!
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How can I increase the spacing between a fermata and the note in Lilypond?

I'm notating a piece of music with Lilypond, and am running into an issue where the fermata symbol is consistently too close to the note it's attached to. The problem is emphasised by some nearby ...
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Lilypond produces unexpected interval changes with \relative and \transpose

Consider the following scores below. I would have thought Lilypond would apply a consistent transposition to the notes without the need to reformat the interval notations. The first stave is the ...
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LilyPond : how to write numbers before staves?

I'm writing some exercises, one per line, and I would like to write a number before each one. I can't figure out how to do that, so a little help would be appreciated! My code is pretty simple : \...
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Fret diagrams for chord backing in Lilypond

I have created the following Lilypond code: % one octave above middle c song = { \relative c'' { \time 4/4 \tempo 4 = 66 c c d e f1 f4 f c d e1 | \break e4 e f e d e ...
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Question about beaming in LilyPond

I've recently installed LilyPond and Denomo and found them to be great tools. However I can not seem to learn how to make a beaming pattern like this: This is the bar in Denemo gui: My LilyPond ...
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Lilypond layouts - position Instrument Name for a concert band part

I'm creating pdfs with a single melodic part. In this case I'm not crazy about the instrument name in an indent of the music, so I was started putting the instrument name as a sub title and remove the ...
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Subtitle won't wrap

In my piece I have a long subtitle that runs off the sides of the page. What I would really like is to manually add a newline or carriage return, or perhaps at least get \wordwrap to work. I've ...
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Slur With Mixed Syllabics

In my score, I have two verses where in verse 1, the slur should have one syllable per note in the slur, but in verse 2, the one word should apply to both notes. You can see that in verse one the ...
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Can lyrics be added interleaved with notation in lilypond

When writing vocal music in lilypond, I find it easier to find my place when there are lyrics in near proximity to the notes, so I've been using linebreaks and comments to achieve this so far: \...
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Is this acceptable notation for a “how to play” excerpt?

I have notated (via LilyPond) how I would like a turn to be played in my score. Is this an acceptable way to notate this?
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Two Voices on One Staff Renders with Two Staffs

In my piece I want to have two voices on one staff, with lyrics, like in the docs. But lilypond tries to create two staves like on a ChoirStaff. \version "2.19.80" \language "english" signature = { ...
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What's the proper usage for << >> and { }

In the lilypond files, when you define a score, there are times to use << >> and times to use { } but this is very confusing to me. Sometimes examples use both, sometimes one or the other....
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How to keep the version number in an include file?

Recently I upgraded to lilypond 2.19.80, and now lilypond tells me: warning: no \version statement found, please add \version "2.19.80" Now, I have that version number in a special include file ...
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One staff with two sections and two voices

In my piece, I want a single score in order to be able to output a single midi file. The entire piece is polyphonic with two voices. The structure should look like this: chorus in two voices (with ...
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Dotted half rest not working in 3/4 time in LilyPond

I can write the following in the violinOne part in LilyPond 2.18.2 and it produces a quarter note rest in a pickup measure followed by a measure with a half note rest and then a quarter note rest: \...
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BWV 1004 - Is there a pause by the end of Ciaccona or is it staccato?

I'm working on a project to set Bach's music on lilypond files (so that people can share and enhance to better match manuscripts). I just uploaded BWV 1004 to the repo but I'm wondering what's the ...
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Is there a way in Lilypond to omit entire staffs from the pdf layout but listen to them in MIDI?

I'm using Lilypond to compile music for my church choir. I've recently discovered the use of midiMaximumVolume and midiMininumVolume so I can highlight a given staff to isolate a part. I produce ...
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How to print overlapping system start delimiters with lilypond

Is it possible to have overlapping system delimiters (braces and brackets) in lilypond? I know how to do complex nested hierarchies, but they're always nested. I can't figure out how to start, for ...
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Augmentum broken in Lilypond Vaticana notation

While transcribing Vexilla regis I came across a weird issue with augmenta being offset to the right. \version "2.19.81" \include "gregorian.ly" cantus = \relative c' { \[ \augmentum g \melisma \...
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Horizontal spacing of notes with multiple staves

I created this minimal example : \version "2.21.0" \include "italiano.ly" soprano_notes = \relative do' { fad fad16 sold8 la16 re4 re16 re8 re16 re4 re16 dod8 si16 dod2 } alto_notes = \...
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Lilypond – how can I write lyrics to rests in multiple stanzas?

could someone help me with my problem, please? I have got this Lilypond 2.18.2 code: \version "2.18.2" \language "deutsch" global = { \time 4/4 \set Timing.beamExceptions = #'() \set Timing....
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LilyPond: Subdivided beam grouping for compound time signatures

I'm trying to write a 12/8 drum score in Lilypond, with a lot of 32nd note phrasing, and the default beam grouping looks a bit ugly to me: (Here's the above example in LilyBin: http://lilybin.com/...
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Lilypond - apply a repeating rhythmic pattern to all notes

Assuming I have a pattern like this: \relative c' { c4 d e f8 g d4 e f g8 a e4 f g a8 b f4 g a b8 c } How can a define the rhythmic pattern to be applied to all notes so I only had to input ...
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How can I create a rest the same length as a block of music?

I'm typesetting music (a set of versicles and responses), some of which are accompanied and some of which aren't, and I'm using some custom Scheme functions to collect pieces in parallel (and ...
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Vertical score positioning in LilyPond

I'm writing a drum sheet template for LilyPond and I'd like to place a drum key box to the left of the header. Here is what I've done so far: LilyBin link for fiddling with my markup: http://lilybin....
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Lilypond does not propperly render Chords when used with --png

I'm truing to compile a lilypond score with the --png option. For some reason the chords do not get compiled properly when using this option. Running lilypond without the --png option works fine. The ...
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How do you center partial measure rests in LilyPond?

I'm trying to use \partial to create a pickup in lilypond and I'm trying to fill it with rests so I use the command: \partial 4 r4 It works, but the output is ugly and off center: How do I make ...
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How to add rest above a note in Lilypond

I'm trying to typeset the following snippet. My first idea was to add two voices here but then I would not be able to make a slur between them. Is it possible without using manual placement of notes?
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LilyPond tie doesn't work as expecting with two voices

I want to connect two b2., but the output connected the g. How to make this work? An explanation of this issue will be more grateful. \version "2.18.2" { \clef bass \time 3/4 << { \...
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How can I change slur from above to below notes when switching staff in Lilypond?

I have a music passage that crosses from the bottom staff to the top (in a Grand Staff) with a slur. But, I want the slur to go from above the notes on the bottom to underneath the note on the top ...