Questions tagged [lilypond]

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Separate the top matter from the staves in lilypond

How can I add extra vertical space between the top matter, i.e. the stuff in the header like title, composer..., and the first staff of the music? I'd like to leave enough room for additional, hand-...
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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 ...
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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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Is Lilypond actively developed? Will the format become obsolete?

Developmental state of LilyPond The official homepage has a notice that reads "Since no developer currently is listed for commercial development, your best bet is asking on the developer list". And ...
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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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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 draw a rectangle for reciting tone in chant transcription in LilyPond

I am trying to use LilyPond to transcribe chanted music using mostly modern notation. I've read http://lilypond.org/doc/v2.18/Documentation/learning/gregorian-transcription-template, which was quite ...
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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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Arbitrary length full-measure rests in Lilypond

In Lilypond one can make long full-measure rests with: \compressFullBarRests R1*12 which outputs: Is there an engraver I can turn off, or some other way to remove the number from above the ...
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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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Increase space between lines of a staff in LilyPond

I have a few very short songs (about 20 bars) that I'm trying to transcribe with LilyPond. I'd like to increase the vertical spacing, in particular the space between lines, so that they take the full ...
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Double- to single-sharp notation in lilypond - how to get rid of natural symbol?

I'm currently transcribing a work into Lilypond, and I have a situation where an F already sharpened by the key signature is itself sharpened (i.e. F♯ → Fx). The subsequent note within the same ...
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Add harp muffle notation in Lilypond

I'd like to add a muffle notation to my music sheets for the harp. The notation is a cross with a circle inside for left hand and that plus a circle outside for both hands. Example: There are a few ...
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Rendering second ending closing bar when followed by another repeat in Lilypond

Using Lilypond, I'm engraving some music that consists of two parts that are repeated. The first repeated phrase contains an alternate ending. By default, Lilypond renders the MWE below: \version "2....
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Slurs with arrows for glissando-alikes in Lilypond, how to?

I'm using Lilypond 2.20 on Ubuntu to engrave scores for the instrument pipa. Slurs with arrow is a very common notation in many east Asian music pieces. It sounds similar to glissando in some degree, ...
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melisma extender line minimum length

I have this kind of music containing a melisma: \relative { c'4. e8 g4 c a c8 a g2 } \addlyrics { Al -- le Vö -- gel sind schon __ _ da, } I get this: The melisma extender line (after schon) is ...
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LilyPond play pitches

Is there a way to play the notes on LilyPond? I mean when using the Crescendo notation editor or MuseScore, there is a play button that can play the sound or complete piece.
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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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LilyPond - compile midi output only

Is there a way/command-line option, to make LilyPond only compile the \midi {} output, even though there is a \layout {} block in the source.ly file? Just been going through The Command Line Options ...
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LilyPond: parenthesized hairpin

I found LilyPond code to place a hairpin between parenthesis like this: You can see that the result overlaps with the bar line. The code that does it is some hard-core Scheme hackery. One obviously ...
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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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lilypond rests making an empty whole measure

I am writing on lilypond the beautiful lyrical waltz of Shostakovitch and I am getting a whole measure empty. What I want to achieve is the following, But I am getting this: I'd tryied several ...
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LilyPond - "Table of Contents" TOC in different languages

I am working on a music-book using LilyPond with different languages (here English and German). I created a minimal working example (MWE) referring to a snippet that can be found here in the LilyPond ...
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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: How to create an ossia Staff above a PianoStaff?

When trying to create an ossia Staff, that is used multiple times, above a PianoStaff, Lilypond does not reuse the context, but creates a new one. How can I tell Lilypond to find the existing context ...
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Markup text inside second volta bracket

I want to format text in the headings of both 1st and 2nd ending Volta brackets in Lilypond. There are several examples of formatted text in the first ending bracket, but I cannot seem to find one ...
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Horizontal centering of staffs in Lilypond

I'm trying to set a score in Lilypond displaying several short themes each on its own staff. The themes don't span the full horizontal width, and I'd like to center them horizontally. I suspect there ...
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How can I scale down everything that Lilypond is outputting?

How can I scale down/shrink everything that Lilypond is outputting so that I can fit more material on each page? I tried using \layout{ #(layout-set-staff-size XX) } inside the \score{} block (...
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Lilypond "\set associatedVoice" trouble with stanzas

I'm transcribing a song in which two verses have slightly differing notes. I decided to use \set associatedVoice to achieve this. It partly works but I'm having trouble getting the final words of the ...
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align notes vertically disregarding their duration

I am trying to make a book page for explaining different notes and their durations. What I currently get is this: How can I align the notes vertically? (i.e., spacing in each line should be as in the ...