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Staff in Staff group starts after the start of the piece

I would like to have a piece that starts with one staff and later has two. I've tried something like this MusicA = #(define-music-function (parser location inTab) (boolean?) #{ a4 b4 c2 #}) MusicB = ...
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Unmatched pairs for lilypond ties and slurs

In lilypond, ties and slurs are expected to come in matched pairs. I keep coming across situations where a tie or a slur aren't matched. For example: As demonstrated in the MWE below, it is possible ...
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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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Writing a duplet in Lilypond

How can one write a duplet consisting of two quarter notes equal to a dotted-quarter note in 6/8 time? Like this: I tried \tuplet 2/1. but the . is not accepted. And if I write this: \tuplet 2/3 {&...
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example song with lyrics and instrumental introduction?

I really need help for how to create a song in lilypond that has both instrumental portions and verse / chorus portions. Like a real-world practical song. I want to be able to create something like ...
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Putting text in a repeat without repeating the text

I want to put text in a repeat unfold in Lilypond without repeating the text, so that it only shows up on the first instance of the phrase. I can't put it on the previous note because the repeat ...
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slur or tie to no note in Lillypond

I am trying to have a slured note to 'nothing' in a musical example in my paper, like this: Any tie (~) or slur () I put in Lilypond (actually Frescobaldi), nothing happens. This is the code I am ...
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Unplayed 2nd voice in notation - spaces or rests

In transcribing a work for piano with two voices in each staff, I've come across a passage in which there are two voices in the LH staff for some duration, but in one measure there is only one voice ...
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Lilypond: \transpose syntax for an entire song

I am trying to transpose an entire song from B Flat Major to A Major. There is only one part for a "C" instrument. I have it tagged as "flute", but it could just as easily function with a C Melody ...
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Extra note in lilypond mensural layout with petrucci-f4

I'm trying to set some 16th century music. The mensural style overrides do a pretty good job of matching the original notation, but an extra c' appears at the beginning of the staff when I call \clef ...
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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 show an empty chord in an anacrusus

I'm using Lilypond 2.19.55. I have an anacrusis. The staff and lyrics are fine. How do I define an empty place for a chord? If I don't, lilypond complains. If I use f4, it complains at the c:7 because ...
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Melisma not extending when second voice has notes during it

Having this code : \version "2.19.55" \language "italiano" soloistsMelody = \relative do'' { \time 2/4 <mi la>16 <sol re>16 <fa do>16 <sol re>16<mi la>8 <mi la&...
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Problem with lyrics and horizontal alignment of notes in measure

If I have this code : \version "2.18.2" \language "italiano" solistsMelody = \relative do'' { \time 2/4 \repeat volta 2 { %en las alturas <mi, la>8 <mi la>8 si'4\...
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Repeat symbol in the middle of the measure because of my lyrics and a starting rest

I know what my problem is, just can't find how to solve it. I have this (I hope) minimum example showing exactly what my problem is : \version "2.18.2" \language "italiano" \score { \new ...
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Voices doubling a dotted note in Lilypond

How do you get two voices to double the same dotted note in LilyPond? Goal Let's say I'm trying to reproduce the simple four-voice example below, where tenor and bass double the G. Attempt #1 \...
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Online database of four part hymns

I'm looking for an online database of four part hymns and chorales so that my chamber group can practice intonation. I don't care where the chorales / hymns are from or what they are about, as long ...
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Lilypond voice difficulty analysis

I have a lot of lilypond files for different instruments. To get a selection for players depending on their playing skills, I'm looking for a an algorithm that analyzes a lilypond file voice by ...
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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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Lilypond: Can't create title for song

The following displays only the book title. I want a separate title for each score. It shows the opus and piece, but not the title for that score. What am I doing wrong? I'm basing this on Creating ...
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How to specify optional repeats/volta

Is there a widely-accepted and succinct way to indicate that a repeat and/or volta is optional, or to indicate that a section should be repeated n times where n is up to the player (within bounds)? I ...
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Write some text before music staves in lilypond, like instrument names

Is it possible to write some text like "Here is an example of a diatonic whole step" and enter the notes just for a measure length and then keep writing some text after that, I've been reading ...
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How can I move certain words/phrases in the title of a Lilypond score vertically?

In the title section of a Lilypond score, I would like a certain word to be placed further down than the rest of the text (in my specific case, I'm using a font for a certain word where the font makes ...
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Lilypond: How can I put the chord names above the right notes?

it's my first time creating a lead sheet with a melody, lyrics and chords. I just can't figure out how to place the chord symbols where I want them, they just appear "anywhere". I looked on the ...
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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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How to define a Lilypond function to return set of notes given a pitch?

I'm working on a song with a repetitive rhythm that changes pitch. As this would normally involve a large amount of repeated typing, I would like to define a Lily pond function to do this for me. I'm ...
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LilyPond piano score: switching between alternating and simultaneous chords

I have piece of piano music that has two parts. In one part, chords are alternating between hands but I don't want to express staves precisely to leave it for a player. In the second part, the hands ...
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Lilypond: How to engrave lowercase chord symbols

My goal is to engrave music for accordion and I would like to have my chords symbols as follows: Bass tone: always uppercase: e.g. A E D Chords: always lower case: e.g. major chords a e d; minor ...
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How to center chord names in Lilypond

By default, Lilypond seems to use left alignment for chord names, like this: Is there a way to center the chord names above the notes to which they refer? The "/G" being so far to the right of the "C"...
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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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relative accidentals

Is it possible to let lilypond print a sharp symbol when a flat in the key signature is canceled (and a flat to cancel a sharp) and a natural symbol othewise? So for example in F major a B would be ...
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Lilypond finger placement brackets

In music sheets intended for beginner harpists it's very common that the fingering includes not only the numbers but also brackets that indicate which fingers are positioned at the same time, ...
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Unsure how to move text outside of staff in LilyPond

I'm attempting to notate a choral psalm where only certain refrains are sung in four-part harmony, with the first few refrains are just the unison psalm melody sung by all parts. I'm attempting to do ...
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Notating lilypond triplet inside of slur

I'm trying to have a slurred triplet inside of some lilypond notation, but I get the following error: music.ly:32:52: error: syntax error, unexpected EVENT_IDENTIFIER a(b cis a e'-.) e e8(d \...
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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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Unable to switch text fonts in LilyPond

I've followed all the instructions to set custom fonts in LilyPond and nothing seems to be working. I was originally attempting to set IM Fell English Pro as the document font, but I've set everything ...
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Cross-staff chord in score with multiple voices in Lilypond

Assume I need to reproduce the following piano music. Notice the middle "voice" spans both staves. How would I accomplish this using Lilypond? (I am aware of a hack involving adjusting the stem ...
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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 to set a simple song in lilypond with refrain

I am fiddling now a whole day around with trying to set a correct Lilypond notation. While I found with trial and error, that I could display all tones and vocals, I am not able in getting the correct ...
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Merging several measures of score's part in LilyPond

I'm wondering if is it possible to notate a score like on the picture below in LilyPond. The problem here is that the third measure of the topmost part (which is flute, actually) should be stretched ...
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How to align chords, melody and lyrics in LilyPond?

I have to write down a simple song with LilyPond (my iPad music book did disappear when I've tried to recover a backup, so I think it is save to store the music sheets in text form), but I can't ...
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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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Move a trill into the stave

In lilypond, I'd like to draw a zig-zagged line after a note which lasts until the next note. Basically, I'd like to create something which looks like this: (sorry for the poor quality) UPDATE I ...
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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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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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How can I force LilyPond to repeat a clef on every line of the score?

I'd like LilyPond to print the clef not only at the beginning of the score, but whenever the line breaks, at the beginning of the new line. Is this possible at all, and, how so?
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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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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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How to translate from Scientific Pitch Notation to Lilypond absolute octaves in a concrete key?

That's the general question. More concretely, here c' is linked to C4 (middle C). Now, what is the Lilypond absolute representation for G5 in G major key?
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Typeset whole note as full measure in 6/8 time in Lilypond

I'm trying to copy a song from a book in which they were using a whole note to represent a full measure in 6/8 time. If I try to use the whole note duration in Lilypond (1), it lasts 8/8 and ...