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Re: Stem Combining

From: Mats Bengtsson
Subject: Re: Stem Combining
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2008 09:48:44 +0200
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I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned \partcombine, so far. It's probably the closest you can get to your wishes, with the built-in support in LilyPond. See Section "Automatic part combining" in the manual for more information. Note that the current part combiner has a number of issues,


James E. Bailey wrote:

Am 04.09.2008 um 03:57 schrieb Daniel Cheramie:

Hi All,

I am typesetting a number of SATB hymns and noticed that mine look quite ugly because of not combining stems in the desired manner. The hymnals I have seen
combine most stems on the SA and TB parts except for:

* Notes less than 2 steps apart
* Notes of different durations
* Eighth or sixteenth notes that are beamed ar enot combined if the other beamed
note isn't.

I would like to be able to specify each part individually and have them combined automatically. Is there some simple way to achieve this with Lilypond? I can
provide an example if needed of one I have done by hand.


Automatically? That would be kind of difficult. (Except with Scheme, I don't know a thing about it, but I'm convinced now that anything that's difficult or cumbersome in lilypond becomes infinitely easier if you know Scheme.) The problems, as I see them are this: 1) Part combine would combine the notes that are the same into one stem, but also all notes that are the same rhythmic value and only has stems in opposite directions when they are different rhythmic values. 2) Multiple voices (which is probably what you're using) has all stems opposite on all notes (and has the problem of two rests which looks reeally ugly)

The best solution I can think of would be to do it yourself, and code it like piano music with lyrics. Because, if you're looking at two stave-hymnals, while it's good for a choir, the stems as they are are an aid to an accompanist, as a singer, I hate not having my stems clearly show me which part I'm looking at.

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