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Re: Odd time-signatures

From: Erik Sandberg
Subject: Re: Odd time-signatures
Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2005 17:53:58 +0200
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On Thursday 01 September 2005 16.41, Peter Quarrell wrote:
> I just downloaded Lilypond in order to improve the printing of psalm chants
> in our church Sunday news sheet.  We use a psalm-chant system created by
> one of our congregation.  The normal chant covers 2 verses of the psalm,
> with 10 crotchet beats per half verse.  The chant's 4 quarter-verses are
> therefore printed as 4 bars, each of 10 crotchet beats.  Each bar is a
> semibreve, followed by 2 crotchets, followed by another semibreve.
> We don't actually want a time-signature in the output (because, like the
> traditional Anglican chant, timing doesn't mean anything when you are
> chanting), but that doesn't matter.  

In addition to Mats' suggestion, you could also be interested in the 
\cadenzaOn and \cadenzaOff commands. See the manual for details.

> Although it is an odd 
> time-signature to want, it ought to be possible to implement it.  Why does
> it not work?  The best I have been able to get has been 6/4, and using
> PaintShop Pro to remove or shift the bar-lines has produced a messy result.

If you need postprocessing, I'd recommend you to let lilypond produce SVG 
output, and modify it with a vector drawing program (if you have one).


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