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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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How to write a slur to nothing in LilyPond?

Just like this: This is a Piano Staff, the example was created on MuseScore. The \laissezVibrer slur only creates a small slur. I don't mind whether the slur crosses the measure or not, I just don't ...
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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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How to write after a score wih Lilypond

So I want to write not just at the end of a score, but after it, like the dal segno on this snippet : I find it really neat, but don't find how to do it. It is not a text script, spanner or mark. It ...
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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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Fitting lyrics to multiple rhythms with ossia stave

I'm trying to transcribe a song with a slightly different different number of syllables in different verses. To indicate this I'm using an ossia stave since writing the verses out multiple times would ...
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Exporting tabs from TuxGuitar to Lilypond

I am writing tabs from TuxGuitar and then export it to lilypond (Because I find it easier to do it in TuxGuitar). Here before exporting it to lilypond everything seems nice: But when I export and ...
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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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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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