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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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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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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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Tie notes across multiple voices

I'm aware this is an FAQ but I've tried a bunch of commonly-suggested workarounds (\repeatTie, \laissezVibrer, hiding noteheads and/or stems) without success. What is the easiest way of tying the ...
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Subtitle won't wrap

In my piece I have a long subtitle that runs off the sides of the page. What I would really like is to manually add a newline or carriage return, or perhaps at least get \wordwrap to work. I've ...
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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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Vertical space between stanzas

I have some songs with several stanzas. I would like to control the vertical space between the first and second stanza and the second and third stanza, .... individually. How is that possible by ...
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Lilypond: How to use repeat bars in markup lyrics

I am using \markup after the score for several verses of lyrics, so roughly \score { ... } \markup { \column { \line { ... } ... } } How can I typeset repeat marks for a piece of ...
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Localization in scores

Is there some way to make localization (translate to other languages) an easier task when digitally making scores? Currently, I have two options: write a page before the score with all the ...
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Lilypond layouts - position Instrument Name for a concert band part

I'm creating pdfs with a single melodic part. In this case I'm not crazy about the instrument name in an indent of the music, so I was started putting the instrument name as a sub title and remove the ...
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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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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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Is there a way to input guitar tabulature by entering fret and string numbers instead of note letters in LilyPond?

I want to use LilyPond to write guitar tabulature, but it would be quicker for me to be able to input fret numbers and string numbers instead of note letters. How can I do this?
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Multiple voices (divisi) in one part

In LilyPond, how do you produce results like this? I want to go from a regular section to divisi, but I am unable to figure it out. I attempted to use \parallelMusic and \new StaffGroup, but those ...
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Does lilypond have the ability to typeset bars in free or open time?

I'm using lilypond to arrange a new part for concert band by combining/picking and choosing from a couple of different parts that need to be covered, but we don't have instruments for on the ...
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Change from staff to lyrics to chords

What I want to achieve, for example, is to start with a single staff, change to chordmode somewhere, and change to lyrics somewhere later. Like this: The only way, I found, is to use a \markup block....
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LilyPond - changing the output format and resolution of a preview image

I use the folowing command to get preview images of my scores: lilypond -d preview -o preview/ my_file.ly -d sets the output to the first line including titles -o to select a different output ...
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Adding vertical space after header in LilyPond score [duplicate]

I have prepared a \header and I would like to increase the vertical space before my first stave, which also includes chords. Is that also possible with LilyPond?
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Left hand/right hand indications LilyPond

I have been skimming through the LilyPond documentation for quite some time now, and I cannot find the proper way to insert "left hand" or "right hand" indications with LilyPond. Usually, when some ...
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BWV 1004 - Is there a pause by the end of Ciaccona or is it staccato?

I'm working on a project to set Bach's music on lilypond files (so that people can share and enhance to better match manuscripts). I just uploaded BWV 1004 to the repo but I'm wondering what's the ...
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How can I create a rest the same length as a block of music?

I'm typesetting music (a set of versicles and responses), some of which are accompanied and some of which aren't, and I'm using some custom Scheme functions to collect pieces in parallel (and ...
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Lilypond: How do I align markup text with #“scripts.segno”?

at the end of my score, I'd like to have a "Da Capo al Segno", with a nice symbol for segno. I'm almost there: DC = { \once \override Score.RehearsalMark #'break-visibility = #end-of-line-visible ...
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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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Get time signatures to show up in a ChordNames context

I'm working off the "adding bar lines to chord names context" example, but have variable time signatures in my piece. I'd like those to show up as numeric time signatures in the same line as the ...
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In Lilypond, how to abstract multiple tags into a variable or function?

Using lilypond 2.18.2. I'm trying to define flexible tags, to get around the fact that keepWithTag only lets you keep one tag at a time. I understand how to do this manually: \tag #'...
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Lilypond incorrectly displaying natural signs in B Major

My hymn is in B-Major, so I set the key-signature accordingly \key b \major but the problem is that it causes LOTS of natural signs. Do I really need those? This hymn is for children and the naturals ...
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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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Explicit C major key signature in lilypond

I am typesetting some exercises in lilypond, and would like to make the "all natural" key signature when the exercises are in C more explicit. I would like to set the key as c major and see every ...