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### Is Lilypond actively developed? Will the format become obsolete?

There are no commercial developers listed for LilyPond right now. That means that you cannot reliably throw money at a particular problem in order to make it go away while relying on the expertise of ...
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### Lilypond to MusicXML to Sibelius

from a terminal on your mac or linux box: pip install python-ly ly musicxml myscore.ly > myscore.musicxml more information on ly: http://python-ly.readthedocs.io/en/latest/command.html#commands ...
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### Lilypond is not aligning lyrics correctly

It turns out the Word document I copied the lyrics from contained some non-breaking spaces; these don't stand out in the Lilypond editor* but the compiler doesn't recognize them as word separators. It ...
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### LilyPond - how to write a basic makefile

Invocation make will search the current directory for a file named Makefile or makefile, so it's often simplest to name it one of these two choices and then invoke with the simple command: \$ make ...
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### <<>> vs {} in LilyPond

It’s really just what these each mean in and of themselves that counts: In LilyPond input files, music is represented by music expressions. A single note is a music expression. (source) Ergo, a'4 is ...
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### Time signature inconsistent

The notes in the upper staff are tuplets. As an aid towards your eventual goal, here is some sample code to create what you're looking for: \version "2.19.82" musicA = \relative c' { \key cis \...
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### LilyPond play pitches

LilyPond is not so much a notation editor as a notation compiler, so you're not going to get live feedback. It's sort of like setting everything up and hitting "go" each time you want to see ...
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### Lilypond: natural+flat accidental in front of the note

This might be what you are looking for: \tweak Accidental.restore-first ##t https://lilypond.org/doc/v2.23/Documentation/snippets/pitches#pitches-force-a-cancellation-natural-before-accidentals
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### Can Lilypond change MIDI instruments during a piece?

Fortunately there is (as you've noted) midi instruments for both regular trumpet and muted trumpet. You can change between them just by placing: \set Staff.midiInstrument = #"trumpet" or \...
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### Lilypond first alternative has only one note

Doh. I omitted the outer curly braces around the two alternatives. The corrected version should be: \relative c' { \key f \major \repeat volta 2 { c4 c c c |} \alternative { { d d d d |} {e e ...
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### How can I label staffs with the parts' purpose

You can use rehearsal marks. So just add something like this to your code: \mark\markup{\bold\box "Verse 1"} You'll get something like: If you really want the rehearsal mark to appear ...
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### How to place finger numbers below staff in LilyPond?

Just specify whether you want them up or down for each note, using ^ or _ instead of -. \version "2.19.83" \score { \new PianoStaff << \new Staff a'1-1 \new Staff \relative c, { ...
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### Printing all accidentals with Lilypond

Lilypond has several options to automatically display accidentals. I'm not sure which one suits you best, but perhaps one of these: teaching This rule is intended for students, and makes it easy to ...
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### How to write a slur to nothing in LilyPond?

The easiest way to achieve this is to insert empty chords with <> that catch the open slur or tie. The following code ... << \new Staff { << { f'1( <>) } \\ { \voiceThree e'...
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### How to change the symbol of time signature in Lilypond

Lilypond has the great ability to make anything look like anything. Really, any object has a property stencil, which tells Lilypond how the object should be rendered, and it can be overridden by ...
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### Lilypond: define MIDI output file name

You're on the right track for sheet music title and midi file title, but you should use \bookOutputName to control the resulting filename: \header { title = "File title" midititle = &...
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### Why is lilypond treating this measure with 3⅓ beats?

If you compile your code separately, you will see that it's OK (for instance, see a lilybin). So the problem must be elsewhere. Most likely, there are mistakes in the preceding music, and they "...
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### Why is lilypond treating this measure with 3⅓ beats?

Note that 5 beats and one single quarter triplet are not 5⅓, but 5⅔. Thus the measure does not in fact fit 4/3, but it would need 17/12. This results in missalignment in the following measures. So if ...
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### Separate the top matter from the staves in lilypond

\version "2.18.2" \header { title = "Title" composer = "Composer" } \paper { markup-system-spacing #'basic-distance = #50 } \relative c' { c }...
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### In Lilypond, silence parts of midi output

This can be achieved by using tags (see the documentation), for example as follows: \version "2.18.2" myMusic = { \relative c' { c4 d e f | \tag #'printonly { \override NoteHead....
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### Name for partially disjointed/interrupted chords, Lilypond

This is the act of engraving different voices within a single system. In LilyPond, it is created with the << { *voice1goeshere*} >> \\ << { *voice2goeshere* } >> construction. ...
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### How to write after a score with Lilypond

Here I am overriding the barline stencil: fancyMarkup = \markup \with-dimensions #'(0 . 0) #'(0 . 0) { \raise #-2.5 \center-column { "D. S." "al" "Fin" } } \new ...
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### How to increase LilyPond horizontal spacing?

This is accomplished with the SpacingSpanner spacing-increment property (see the Lilypond documentation) For example, this code % LilyBin \score{ \relative c' { c d e f g a b c } } ...
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### Multiple staccato dots on minim with tremolo repeat in Lilypond

One possible solution could be based on this snippet for multiple tonguing. \version "2.20.0" tongue = #(define-music-function (parser location dots) (integer?) #{ \tweak stencil ...
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