LilyPond for Linux 2.14.2-1 1

LilyPond is not unique in making music notation: there are a lot of programs that print music, and nowadays most of the newly printed music is made with computers.

LilyPond for Linux 2.14.2-1 1

LilyPond is not unique in making music notation: there are a lot of programs that print music, and nowadays most of the newly printed music is made with computers. Unfortunately, that also shows: just ask any musician that plays classical music: new scores do not look as nice as old ones.

What is the difference between hand-work and machine work, and what has caused it? How can we improve the situation? This essay explains problems in music notation (software), and our approach to solving them.

FEATURES:

TE Automatic spacing, line breaking and page breaking.
TE Handling of polyphonic collisions for notes, dots, and rests.
TE Automatic placement of accidentals, beams, slurs, ties, based on optimal scoring algorithms.
TE Users don't need typographical expertise to produce excellent notation.
TE No user interaction necessary during running. Running the program can be automated which is convenient for mass converting databases of digitized music and printing algorithmic compositions.
TE The Feta font has been tailored especially for LilyPond, and was designed carefully mimicking the finest hand-engraved scores. It is available as a scalable font, but also as a Metafont.
TE Accidental cautionaries and suggestions, classic and modern styles
TE Ambituses
TE Arpeggio signs
TE Balloon texts (teaching)
TE Beamlets
TE Blanking arbitrary notation elements (teaching)
TE Chord names, in English, French or Italian
TE Cluster notation and rhythmic grouping signs
TE Coloring of arbitrary notation elements
TE Cross staff beaming
TE Cue-notes (automatic)
TE Dashed or dotted bar lines
TE Drum notation
TE EasyNotation note heads
TE Falls and doits
TE Feathered beams
TE Figured bass
TE Fingerings, including guitar right-hand fingering
TE Fret diagrams
TE Glissandi
TE Grace notes, acciaccatura and appoggiatura
TE Hairpin crescendi and decrescendi, also with circled tips (al niente)
TE Harmonics
TE Laissez vibrer ties
TE Ledger lines, including automatic shortening for tight spacing
TE Lyric extenders, hyphens, melismata
TE Measure repeats ("Percent style")
TE Mensural notation
TE Microtones
TE Metronome markings
TE Nested analysis brackets
TE Orchestral scores with automatic part combining
TE Ornaments; mordents, pralls and combinations thereof
TE Ottava brackets (octaviation)
TE Part extraction: see Orchestral scores
TE Piano pedals
TE Polymetric notation
TE Proportional notation
TE Quarter tone accidentals
TE Quoting of other music fragments, including transposing
TE Separator slashes between systems
TE Shaped note heads
TE Starting and stopping staves anywhere
TE Staves, tunable number of staff lines, individual positioning of staff lines
TE Stemlets
TE String numbering, also on chords
TE System separators
TE Tablature notation
TE Tie formatting for chords
TE Transposing
TE Tremolos, both for single notes and chords
TE Trills, also running and explicit pitches
TE Tuplets in arbitrary ratios, nested, broken with customisable endings
TE Vertical staff spacing using a skyline algorithm
TE For details and music samples, follow the chain of NEWS entries and have a look at the regression tests.
TE Robust design
TE No arbitrary limits: unlimited number of staves, voices, measures, lengths of texts, etc.
TE Pluggable output backend: output in EPS, PDF, PNG, PostScript, MIDI, SVG.
TE Lyrics in any language.
TE Text-based input with versatile music language.
TE Programmable and extensible with built-in LISP interpreter.

   



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