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Odd symbol in Béla Bartók's Mikrokosmos Book 1

Today I came across an odd symbol in Béla Bartók's Microkosmos. The symbol occurs in Book 1, Score 21, Measure 8, at the end of a phrasing slur. It looks like a vertical bar that crosses only the ...
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How can I force LilyPond to repeat a chord symbol (relates to alternate endings)?

In chordmode, LilyPond chooses not to display chord symbols when they are the same as the preceding symbol, which is usually the right behavior. However, this behavior gets weird in the context of ...
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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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Effective way to notate triplets

I was directed by America Luke to this forum site. I hope this is the correct place. I have a score with a lot of triplets. It's awkward to write always \times 2/3 {c16 d e} \times 2/3 {d e f}. ...
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Rendering lilypond score into html page

What would be the best way of rendering specific parts of a lilypond score, into an HTML page? I did that using lilypond-book by previously embedding <lilypondfile> tag into my html file, and it ...
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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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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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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 notate this slur with LilyPond?

I have a slur that starts on as multi-voice and ends on a single voice as measure 3–4 of the following: Here's what I've got so far (right hand only): \relative c' { << { c4 c c c8 c c4 bes8 ...
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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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Top-aligning scores inside Lilypond \markup blocks

I'm currently trying to typeset a hymn. Below the actual score I want two things: Some additional verses The voicing for "Amen." I'd like to lay these out adjacent to each other to save space, like ...
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How can I typeset a break or jump in my scores?

I am using lilypond to typeset some music. I would like to leave away some bars from the original music. Therefore, I have to jump from some bar to an other. But I want to show, that I cut something ...
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Da Capo in Lilypond

I am typesetting scores using Lilypond and would like to print a Da Capo, but haven't found a standard command to do so. I am currently working around this issue by using \mark "D.C." However, the ...
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Lilypond first alternative has only one note

I have used repeats with alternatives before without any problem, but now (all of a sudden?) I am seeing some very odd behavior, where the first alternative only has one note regardless of duration. ...
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Lilypond staffs extend past end of music

I'm writing a piece in Lilypond in verse/refrain form, in which the verses are only a singer ("Cantor") and a cello, and the refrain has SATB parts as well. I'm trying to use an explicit line break ...
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Can music be written using scale degree numbers instead of note letters in LilyPond?

Is it possible to refer to notes by scale degree rather than their name in LilyPond? For example instead of c d e, set the key to c and use 1 2 3. Or using movable-do solfege syllables (do, ro, re, me,...
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What's this horizontal bar notation in liturgy called?

I just came across a liturgical peace using horizontal bars as notation for parts where a continuous reciting tone is used. I'd like to know whether there's a specific name for this bar notation (and ...
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Define custom chord voicings in lilypond

What I'd like to do is define custom, specific chord voicings in lilypond, and to be able to attach note-durations to them, along the lines of voicing= < g a c e a > % dom7, with 7th in bass \...
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Lilypond: How to control the paper size to create images

My question concerns the creation of images using lilypond. Until know I've created some music sheets and lilypond has been really great. However I have a website and I would like to post some ...
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Lilypond to MusicXML to Sibelius

Is there any reliable program to convert a fully-fledge piece in Lilypond format to MusicXML, such that Sibelius can read the original Lilypond notation? Basically, I need to edit a score which is ...
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Lyrics for additional verses in LilyPond?

Is there a way in LilyPond to simply list the lyrics corresponding to additional verses after the end of the music, with one paragraph per verse? (N.B. This exact question has been asked before, in ...
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Is there a way, in Lilypond, to eliminate the instrument name from a staff from outside of the staff context?

Here is my situation. I'm using Lilypond 2.18.2. I am working on a lilypond edition of an opera, which will include a piano-vocal score, full score, and orchestral parts. I have set up my score with ...
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How to have one voice in multiple staves with lilypond?

I want to produce a score with two staves (one with treble key, one with bass key, like a piano staff) and with a single voice navigating between the two staves. If the note is lower than the middle C,...
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How do I parameterize text in a re-used section of Lilypond notes?

Here is a short snippet of Lilypond that I think expresses the intent of what I want to do. verseNotes = \relative c' { d^\markup { \verseText } d d d16 d d8 a r4 | cis8 cis cis cis16 cis ...
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How can I transfer the old \partcombine syntax of lilypond to a version newer than 2.1.17?

I am trying to convert a Lilypond file to an actual version. The script convert-ly gets stuck at the conversion to version 2.1.17 with the following error: \partcombine can not be converted. I am ...
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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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Is it possible to use notes on 2 different staves in Lilypond with one beam? If so, how?

Suppose I want to use eighth notes which differ widely in pitch, so that half of the eighth notes fall in a bass clef and half of them are best represented in a treble clef. Is there a way to use one ...
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Lilypond Conga Notes

I am writing a conga part in LilyPond. I saw on LilyPond's documentation how to write conga notes: http://www.lilypond.org/doc/v2.16/Documentation/notation/common-notation-for-percussion#percussion-...
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Multi-measure percent repeats in lilypond

I'm trying to copy a score that indicates the repeat of a 4-bar phrase that has the 4 repeat bars laid out on the sheet, with a single (4-slash) percent-repeat symbol symbol in the middle, sort of ...
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Creating conga part in lilypond

I'd like to score a congas part in lilypond, but I can't figure out how. I've found the lilypond documentation on it here, but I can't understand it, especially this bit: There are also other ...
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Lilypond function to interpolate two notes

I want to define a Lilypond function that will interpolate two notes. The function should take as inputs: the first note, the last note, the step (in semitones), and whether flats or sharps should be ...
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Ηοw can I generate larger than the default images of chord diagrams using Lilypond?

I am trying to use Lilypond to generate (guitar) chord diagrams. \include "lilypond-book-preamble.ly" \version "2.16.2" \markup { \vspace #1 \sans \abs-fontsize #8 C } \markup { \...
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Is there a lilypond 'insert whitespace to fill line"?

I'm trying to make music-snippet images using lilypond, but I'd like each snippet to always have trailing "whitespace" so that each of these images is of the same width. I'm following the suggestions ...
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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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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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Extend measure so it occupies whole line

I am writing some exercises, for my students. Those are mostly one line examples, and this time I need a measure to extend over whole line, so one big measure with ending bar, nothing else. What do ...
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How can I pick LilyPond style choices at compile time?

I have LilyPond lead sheets for which I would like to be able to choose some display tweaks at compile time, primarily in order to tailor the sheet for the preferred transposition (e.g. for B-flat ...
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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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Lilypond: Is there a way to create a song with just lyrics and chords? Without the notes

I'm creating a songbook for my scouts group. I just need the guitar chrod names written above the lyrics. Without the staff. Is there a way to do that with lilypond?
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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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Lilypond: how to engrave a double bar at “Fine” when a \repeat statement follows

Under Lilypond 2.18, the following does not work as expected: \version "2.19.45" { g b c r-"Fine" \bar "|." \break \tempo "Trio" \repeat volta 2 { c a f f } } The double bar at "Fine" fails to ...
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Lilypond generated with MuseScore does not fit the width of the page in XeTeX doc

I am using MuseScore 1.3 on Ubuntu 14.04 to write my scores. Then I save them as LilyPond files, and include them in my tex document using \lilypondfile, like this: \documentclass[a4paper]{article} \...
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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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Notation: grace note played on the beat with a chord

I want to write a four note chord in which three notes are held but one note is played and released very quickly. The extra note is played on the beat with the rest of the chord so is not an ...
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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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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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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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use Lilypond to transpose pattern around circle of fifths

I want to provide a pattern (e.g., the C major arpeggio, C E G) and have Lilypond automatically show it transposed (as one score) in all 12 scales. Here's my current attempt: music = { c' e' g' s } ...
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LilyPond: Setting Vertical distance for PianoStaff

I'm trying to engrave a piano song. I have read the LilyPond manual over and over and tried several things: I want the spacing between the scores to be bigger. Minimal not working example is \new ...
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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 ...