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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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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 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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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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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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In Lilypond, silence parts of midi output

I need to engrave a choir piece, where some voices have unpitched parts, like whispered, spoken or screamed words. I want to engrave this using cross-headed notes, like in the following piece of music:...
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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 is not aligning lyrics correctly

I was writing sheet music consisting of melody, chords and lyrics. To my surprise, the lyrics weren't aligned correctly under the notes. The file looked like correct Lilypond source code: global = { ...
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How to increase LilyPond horizontal spacing?

I'm trying to create some very simple music note worksheets with LilyPond. I'm afraid I'm still not familiar with the language itself, but here is what I'm looking for: \version "2.20.0" \relative c'...
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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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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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lilypond - how to hide an accidental

I am writing a JS Bach manuscript in lilypond. I want to just write what he wrote without adding any editorial stuff... and I am kind of struggling with accidentals. In (at least) this manuscript (BWV ...
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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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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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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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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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Lilypond: define macros / templates to avoid code repetition

Please excuse the vague question title. I don't know how what I need is called in Lilypond - the two words (macros/templates) are what I'd call it in programming context. I have a Lilypond document ...
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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: define MIDI output file name

I am trying to make Lilypond create a MIDI output file whose name corresponds song title, but I didn't succeed so far. Maybe someone can help? From the Lilypond notation reference (https://lilypond....
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How do I include a number in the lyrics? LilyPond

I'm trying to write intervals underneath notes in LilyPond. Just something simple like: P5, M3, m2, d5. I thought the lyrics environment would work, but it ignores the numbers. Is there a way to ...
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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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Defining new commands in Lilypond (for koron symbol)

I am trying to write a simple, minimalist script in LilyPond to create the koron symbol (used in Persian music). I came up with the following solution, with satisfactory results, but my code is not ...
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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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<<>> vs {} in LilyPond

It's not really clear in the LilyPond documentation (or at least, I haven't found it) as to when you should use << something >> or { something }. It does seem to matter, since when I used ...
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How to write a pickup measure with 5/16 duration in Lilypond?

I'm trying to write sheet music for a piece with a pickup measure of 5 sixteenth notes. Lilypond has the \partial command for this, but it only accepts a single duration. That duration may be dotted, ...
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Partial Measures with Matching Ending Measure

In a hymn I am working on, the first measure is partial and has only an eighth note, but the Time Signature is 6:8. Someone told me that the ending measure should also be offset in reverse to make up ...
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How to change the symbol of time signature in Lilypond

Instead of the big C or numerical time signature, I must use the symbol "サ". This time signature "サ" is common in many Chinese music pieces, it means "freely". How do I ...
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How to typeset a chord with variable note length in Lilypond?

I am typesetting a score using Lilypond but I am struggling with the following bar: I tried <fa la> <<fa4 {la8 sib}>> … but it does not render properly. Global settings. \version "...
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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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How to annotate staff with beat numbers in Lilypond?

I would like to annotate a RhythmicStaff with Beat Numbers - as in the following picture: Perhaps, one could use the '_' character after a note to add numbers connected to a note at the beginning of ...
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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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LilyPond: how to avoid spaces around \bold{}?

It seems like \bold markup in LilyPond automatically adds surrounding spaces. Is there a way to avoid it? Here is an example: You can clearly see spaces between the brackets and the inside text. Here ...
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MIDI count in with Lilypond

I tend to score in lilypond most of the classical piano pieces I practice. It forces me to examine the score in detail and it is also useful to audibly check against what I read/play. Is it possible ...
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Lilypond: Offset piano sustain off permanently

With Lilypond, is it possible to move the "sustain off" allways by a fixed offset? I can tweak it with -\tweak X-offset 1 like this: \relative c' { c8 c c\sustainOn c-\tweak X-offset 1\...
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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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Add text at the end of the score in LilyPond

Is it possible to add a text at the end of the score like in this example?
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Is there a better way of working on a score in real-time collaboration?

I've struggled with this topic for a long time since I edit scores with some friends at the same time, and came with some workarounds, but none of them seems that efficient for the workflow. I mainly ...
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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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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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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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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 layout ...
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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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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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How to make two bar phrases in two columns per page

In the style of "Stick Control for the Snare Drummer" I'd like to set my page in two columns having 12 2-bar phrases in each. I have this attempt which is nearly exactly what I want, except ...
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How to place finger numbers below staff in LilyPond?

I cannot find out, how to place the finger numbers below the staff of the left hand staff in a piano staff. The command \set fingeringOrientation = #'(down) does not work or it only works with chords....
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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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Printing all accidentals with Lilypond

I am trying to print all the accidentals within a staff (or within the score, both would work) while engraving with Lilypond. Currently, it's because I'm engraving 80+ bar, multi-staff unmetered music ...

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