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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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Stop Lilypond from generating multiple files

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, but it seems like a lot of people are using Lilypond here. Every time I compile a .ly file using lilypond for Windows10 it generates too many files. ...
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lilypond: Odd horizontal spacing with two voices

In the example below I get an unwanted large horizontal gap between the d and the c. I think it has to do with a conflict between \voiceOne an \voiceTwo, because alone they are typesetted properly. ...
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Lilypond acciaccatura slur position

Lilypond issue: I'm trying to get the slurs in acciaccatura to look like this (generated in Musescore): Notice that the slur is beneath the grace note. However, Lilypond insists on putting the slur ...
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Migrating from commercial music notation software to free alternative

A friend of mine dislikes composing music on the commercial software he owns (Si..us). The main reason is that he is into modern, avant-garde music and the notation on his current system is just not ...
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Lilypond: Create natural signs and accidentals manually

Edit: At first, I was looking for a way to add natural signs manually. Turns out that, at least for the moment, I actually need to place accidentals manually. Generally, I might need both in the ...
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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-...
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assistance adding back midi to a lilypond file

I had been typesetting Orthodox Christian liturgical by using the gregorian style in lilypond. For the "recitatives" where many syllables are sung to one note I have been actually separating them and ...
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How do I make the staff for dynamics affect the MIDI output?

I've written a lovely[citation needed] piece of piano music using Denemo (a graphical front-end to Lilypond), consisting of a piano staff with a staff for dynamics inserted in between them. The ...
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Adding vertical space after header in LilyPond score [duplicate]

I have prepared a \header and I would like to increase the vertical space before my first stave, which also includes chords. Is that also possible with LilyPond?
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Vertical space between stanzas

I have some songs with several stanzas. I would like to control the vertical space between the first and second stanza and the second and third stanza, .... individually. How is that possible by ...
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Stop Lilypond from placing beam around second voice

I have two voices in the right-hand staff. I'm not sure why Lilypond is doing what it is (see freehand circle) but I would like it to stop. The beam should ideally be somewhere near the red line, with ...
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Tie notes across multiple voices

I'm aware this is an FAQ but I've tried a bunch of commonly-suggested workarounds (\repeatTie, \laissezVibrer, hiding noteheads and/or stems) without success. What is the easiest way of tying the ...
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How to disable or limit compression of over-full pages in Lilypond?

Sometimes lilypond tries to use less pages for more music, which is not always wanted. This can be easily fixed by manually adding \pageBreak , but sometimes an automatic solution is needed. When ...
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How to make position/barre markers in lilypond?

I've recently started experimenting with LilyPond (Version 2.18.2 in case it matters). I've been fairly successful in creating basic scores, but I cannot figure how to properly make position/barre ...
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Lilypond: Indicate alternate endings

Using Lilypond, I would like to indicate alternate endings to the piece I am engraving; an "Optional 'Screen Gems' Ending" which is 2 measures long or another "Low Fat" ending (not my terms; they are ...
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How can I transpose a quote in Lilypond?

I'm transcribing a piece that has a section where one instrument doubles another an octave lower. I'd expect something like this short example to work: oboe = \relative c' { \clef treble | c g a ...
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Multiple voices (divisi) in one part

In LilyPond, how do you produce results like this? I want to go from a regular section to divisi, but I am unable to figure it out. I attempted to use \parallelMusic and \new StaffGroup, but those ...
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Changing direction of notes

Here, the last chord has a line that goes down. How do I get the last chord to be directed upwards, like this?
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Formatting Eighth Notes in LilyPond

These are the notes that LilyPond is producing How do I make the notes look like this instead? (I edited this image, sorry if the last eighth note looks bad)
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Lilypond: How to use repeat bars in markup lyrics

I am using \markup after the score for several verses of lyrics, so roughly \score { ... } \markup { \column { \line { ... } ... } } How can I typeset repeat marks for a piece of ...
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Does lilypond have the ability to typeset bars in free or open time?

I'm using lilypond to arrange a new part for concert band by combining/picking and choosing from a couple of different parts that need to be covered, but we don't have instruments for on the ...
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Errors with slashed grace notes in LilyPond

Here's a strange issue with typesetting (in LilyPond) a work that begins with slashed grace notes (acciaccatura). First of all, I get the following error message in my console when I run lilypond (...
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Lilypond with LaTeX

Can someone ELI5 the process? I've tried reading the guide from http://lilypond.org/doc/v2.18/Documentation/usage/an-example-of-a-musicological-document but it doesn't seem to work. I am on Windows ...
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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 ...