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For questions about repeated sections of music. Volta repeats (marked with repeat barlines), DC repeats, Simile repeats, as well as the meaning, notation, and implementation of these are all on topic.

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unusual segno before barline in baroque score?

In a baroque score (from sonata 1 for 2 flutes by Jean-Daniel Braun, op. 4), I spotted this mysterious segno symbol before a double barline in the middle of a movement. What might it mean? There is ...
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How can I write a repetition with voltas in lyrics in plain text?

I have music with repetitions with voltas and lyrics. Consider this minimal example: I want to extract the lyrics into plain text and preserve repetitions and voltas. How can I write that? If there ...
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Why so many repeats in classical music?

I wondered why classical* composers use so many repeats? (I do not mean the repetition of themes, motives etc., but rather of whole sections.) For instance, the 1st movement of Haydn Piano Sonata No. ...
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How to write this melody with repeat signs?

I have 4 bar melody that starts from a pick-up measure. If I write it the way it is, it's pretty simple, but I'd like to know how can it simplify it with repeats. I cannot think of a way.
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Where to stop in Da Capo al fine

I am working on a piece that ends D.C. al Fine, and there is an earlier bar comprising a dotted minim, then Fine, then a crochet (all in 4/4 time). My interpretation is to go back to the start of the ...
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Are there any Linux GUI applications that can generate / export cue sheets?

I'm looking for an application -- or perhaps a plugin to something like Audacity -- that would allow a user to place cue point marks graphically, and then generate and export a filename.cue cue sheet ...
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Song structure in classical music vs EDM

I've been playing piano for a few of months, and of the couple of pieces I know, neither of them are particularly repetitive. I mean they definitely have repetition, but much less so than EDM (...
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How would I number my measures for my solo? [duplicate]

How would I number the the top line, since the first measure is basically 1/2 of a measure, would I still put 1? The measure or 2 after the 2-4 are half measure, but two half measure make one so would ...
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How can I end a slur in multiple alternative endings in Lilypond?

I'm trying to get lilypond to create a slur that ends in multiple alternative endings to a repeat. Here's what I have at the moment: \relative c' { \repeat volta 2 { c d e f( \alternative { ...
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Annotate 'repeat final lyric of final chorus'

I have some sheet music where I want to correctly annotate that the final lyric of the final chorus should be repeated. It is 2 and 1 quarter measures long. Our choir calls this a 'tag'. From what I'...
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In Lilypond: repeat dots at end of first section, start of second section, but not both when volta brackets present

This is a repeat of Rendering second ending closing bar when followed by another repeat in LilyPond because I too had this problem and couldn't make any of the suggestions work. I offered my work-...
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Better way to repeat with alternative at the beginning

Using LilyPond, I would like to repeat a section with an alternative at the beginning. My desired unfolded structure is "A-B-A-B-C-B", so that A becomes C the third time through. I have ...
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Unidentified symbol in music notation [duplicate]

What is the symbol marked in red circle? I tried to search all old hymnbooks, I could not find this symbol.
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Should a second volta appear at the end or beginning of a line?

Given a single-measure second ending that fits comfortably at the end of one line or the beginning of the next, what is the convention or best practice (allowing there is one) on the preferred ...
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Slurs and repeats in LilyPond

In a piece I have a bunch of: b( es b es b es) b( es b es b es) repeating stuff. I'd like to just copy-paste whatever template and insert the notes once. I could do: \repeat unfold 6 { c d } or: ...
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Can (Dal) Segno and (Dal) Segno Segno appear on the same bar?

This is a follow-up question to my previous question. I have made a transcription using Guitar Pro 8 of a song with the following structure: Intro, A, B, A, B, A, Coda Guitar Pro 8 outputs and plays ...
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How to notate two nested repeat loops (||: and :||) that finish on the same repeat finish sign :||?

I have made a transcription of a song with the following structure: Intro, A, B, A, B, A, Coda The score that I created is the following (the content of the bars was replaced by whole notes for ...
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Lilypond : Multi bar, multi repeat in one measure

Following Lilypond: Single bar, multiple repeat, I want this for a multi measure repeat. I'm converted (./.) to (.//.) with percperc = \markup\concat{ \raise #0.5 \musicglyph #"dots.dot" ...
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What does this notation mean above the staff? [duplicate]

I'm learning piano and music theory. Today I came across this notation - a bracket line spanning across the width of the staff, and a number on the left. Could someone please tell me what it means? ...
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Repeat sign without a match

In Fernando Sor's Op 44 No 7, what is the purpose of the repeat sign indicated by the arrow? There isn't a matching sign before the end of the piece, so how am I supposed to interpret it? (The picture ...
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Interpreting the repeat signs in Handel's passacaglia (HWV 432)

In the urtext edition (page 84 of the pdf) that I found on IMSLP it looks as if the first period is repeated and then... the rest of the piece, without that first period, is played twice? That doesn't ...
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Meaning of :/: with a 2 above

I don't fully understand this symbol. I know it means to repeat the bar, but how many times? Normally I'm used to the one slash and two dots in a bar, which I know means to repeat. Can anyone help ...
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How do folk musicians count repeats?

I am trained as a classical musician. I'm fast at reading standard notation, counting rests, all of that. Recently I played bass for a children's folk dance event. The music was mostly European ...
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Formatting First and Second Repetitions

Anytime I'm formatting a score with first and second repetitions I struggle on how should I write them in the score. I tend to do 4 bars for each staff (not counting pick up bars) unless the melody's ...
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How to end song at `fine` but after repeating?

I'm transcribing guitar song to tab but facing a problem. As the song has repetitions I wrote tab like this and expect to go like 1 2 1 2 3 4 3 4 1 2 1 2 but actually it is 1 2 1 2 3 4 3 4 1 2; song ...
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Lilypond: Lyrics variants for repeated music

I am currently dealing with a piece of vocal music that has sections which repeat musically but have different lyrics variants for the first and second time of the repeated segments. Consider the ...
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Simple repeat notification

Trying to script in musical notation a section of music that plays repeatedly within a tune without writing it out multiple times and I'm getting confused with some of the notation symbols. In the ...
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How to place a number by a sustain bracket to indicate variation in lilypond?

I have the following markup which gives the output below: \version "2.22.2" \language "english" global = { \key df \major \numericTimeSignature \time 2/4 } right = \fixed c'...
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How can I use different types of repeats in my lead sheet?

Happy Friday! I'm trying to draft a lead sheet that captures the structure of a song I'm working on in a single page. I just can't find a solution. I hope to get better at notating repeats and ...
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How to indicate articulation on only one volte of a repeat?

A source I’m transcribing has a piece of music repeated, with an articulation applied only once. E.g., A B C D | A B E F | G F E D | A B C D | A B E> F | or, using Lilypond notation, \fixed c' { ...
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Is there a name for this type of conclusion technique?

The name of this song is called "感情の摩天楼 (Emotional Skyscraper) ~ Cosmic Mind, and I have been obsessed with this song since I first heard it years ago, mainly because of how much the way it uses ...
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Lilypond: Single bar, multiple repeat

Drum charts are often very repetitive, so frequently a bar will have a repeat count indicated above it. Examples shown here: (from http://www.play-drums.com/Pad/lesson11-repeats.asp) I've been able ...
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Proper use of D.C. al Coda with repeat voltas

I have a score template like this... I expect this to be the performance by measure numbers and rehearsal marks... A 1-8, 1-7, 9 B 10-25 C 26-33, 26-31, 34-38 D.C. al Coda A ...
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What's the (italian or classical) name of a single slash repeat?

I know, the "percent" sign, to repeat the previous bar, is also called due volte. See here: taken from here. However, I'm looking for the (classical name of a) single slash, like here in ...
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Notation: How to notate a note at the start of the first bar that is only played during the first repeat?

I have read this answer, which relates to a different problem. I want to know how to include a note to be played at the start of my first bar (ie: within the bar, not prior to it), but only during the ...
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How to notate repeat section for lead sheet [duplicate]

I'm having trouble writing a compact lead sheet for a song with this form: A A B A B C B B How to write it with repeat sign without make it too confusing? Thank you.
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How to indicate that a part of the song should be repeated only the second time around? [duplicate]

I have a song that I am transcribing, and it has a verse that repeats. The verse starts at the very beginning of the song and is 12 measures long. The second time the verse is played, it is played ...
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Raise or lower position of percent repeat counters by voice in Lilypond?

There is a very similar question; however, I cannot use its answer because it sets the \override PercentRepeatCounter.Y-offset = #-3 inside the \layout of a score block. I need the ability to leave ...
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How can I notate multiple repeats?

I'm currently using MuseScore for transcribing my drum notation and it's working great - except I can't seem to find a repeat for a section to repeat more than once. How can I notate multiple repeats?
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Lilypond verse lyrics with repeat and anacrusis

I'm wondering if someone can point me to a snippet or other example as I'm yet to find a solution ... I have a piece, a simple tune with 2 verses n Lilypond where the piano parts, melody and words are ...
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Can a bridge be repeated?

A bridge is basically a section of the song that joins verses and choruses together, am I right? But can a bridge be repeated if the verse/chorus also repeats? I've tried Googling it, but I got some ...
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Notation for 8va on the repeat

In piano music sometimes there is a section that is repeated, and on the repeat one (or both) hands are to play an octave up (or down). I've seen this notated in English in the following form: 2nd ...
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How to get Lilypond to produce a "repeat lyrics here" mark?

I'd like to get lilypond to produce the ://: mark above the stave used in hymnals (at least) to indicate "repeat the preceding line of words here" - for an example of what I mean, see the ...
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How to fix legato errors on repeats

I'd like to fix two errors with legato appearance near the repeat sign. I'd like the legato before the repeat (inside the 1st volta) to extend slightly to the right from the A note to emphasize that ...
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Lilypond: Set key change signature before D.C. or D.S., and different key in next line

Imagine you have a piece consisting of 3 parts, say A, B, C, and they appear in order A B A C. You want to typeset this in the following form with Da Capo and a Coda, and a line break after the "...
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Why an end repeat barline without a corresponding start repeat barline?

How should I interpret an end repeat barline without a corresponding start repeat barline? I was expecting to see a few bars delimited by corresponding start and end repeat barlines, but in this piece ...
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Can voltas be used mid-repeat instead of just at the end? [duplicate]

I'm writing an ABAB arrangement where the only difference the second time (apart from lyrics) is one extra bar (extra long pre-chorus, as it were) between A and B. I think it would help the musicians ...
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Can't get Lilypond volta repeat to work with parallel music (multiple staves) and the \alternative construct

I have been unable to get even the simplest example to use volta repeats, the \alternative construct, and parallel music, without Lilypond producing an extra context (stave), starting at the first ...
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How to write proper repeat signs for ABABBCB form?

I'm trying to write down the melody of a song. It's in ABABBCB form, with a Coda. It also has a pickup measure. This is what I came up with. Is this correct? In the 2nd volta (ending), should it ...
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Is the volta ONLY used to mark unique end of a section or can it mark unique verse content within a section?

I have a three verse, two chord song: Verses 1 and 2 are a b c a b c d d e Verse three is a b c a b c a f g d d e Without writing everything serially, within a repeated section with lyrics listed ...
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