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Re: feature req: volta bar numbering options

From: Mark Polesky
Subject: Re: feature req: volta bar numbering options
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 05:29:27 -0800 (PST)


> Responding late, I know, but with about ONE exception, 
> all the music I see follows lily's current behaviour.

Which scores/publishers have you found that match the
current behavior?

I recently acquired several notation manuals, and Gardner 
Read doesn't mention numbering measures. However, Kurt 
Stone (Music Notation in the 20th cent.) has this to say:

   There is little agreement about numbering the measures 
   of first and second endings in repeats. The most 
   practical (although rather illogical) method is to 
   ignore the fact that first and second endings are 
   involved and simply count all measures, regardless of
   repeat signs, etc. (p.168)

This is LilyPond's default behavior.

Also, Mark McGrain (in his book "Music Notation") doesn't 
explicitly mention it, but all his examples (pp. 116, 
121, 126) are numbered in the same manner. 

However, the McGrain book seems more oriented towards 
popular music notation, and I couldn't find a single 
classical traditionally engraved score that did it this
way. Strangely, the overwhelming majority of classical
engraved scores (that I have access to) don't even number 
the measures, and the only ones that I found (mostly 
Henle) use the method where each ending starts with the 
same measure number.

- Mark


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