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Black mensural notation

From: Lukas Pietsch
Subject: Black mensural notation
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 10:22:47 +0000 (UTC)
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Hi, I'm quite new to Lilypond programming, but I thought I'd jump in at what
seemed to me to be pretty much the deep end, and try if I could get black
mensural notation implemented. Here's what I've come up with so far: (source file) (doc)

It's all just scheme functions and embedded postscript, and works for me under
the current stable 2.12.3.

The biggest stumbling block turned out to be black ligatures, which I found no
other way of doing than rewriting from scratch in a rather hackish way,
sidestepping the normal ligature engraver completely; and horizontal spacing,
for which I had to figure out some rather ugly workarounds (probably far from

If anybody finds it useful, please feel free to use or modify.


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