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Re: Black mensural notation

From: Benkő Pál
Subject: Re: Black mensural notation
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 12:55:25 +0100

hi Lukas,

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

I'll read your docs carefully (my first impression is: it's
absolutely stunning), but in the meantime I want to let you
know that I'm working on white mensural notation, and I've implemented
a preliminary version of coloratio (i.e. black notes), including
ligaturae.  these patches are not yet submitted (first try was
), but I'll do so soon.

meanwhile please take a look at
(it's a bit outdated; I'll update after my patches make to the
official repository.)

it's great to have other people concerned with ancient notation!


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