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Re: fighting with lyrics

From: David Rogers
Subject: Re: fighting with lyrics
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2011 21:15:48 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

* Benjamin Peterson <address@hidden> [2011-03-21 01:38]:

mike <at> <mike <at>> writes:
Hey Ben,

Hi Mike,
Thanks for the comments.

1)In vocal scores, the hyphens between lyrics
disappear when the spacing
is tight.

Wow, really? In my G. Schirmer Barber Collected Songs, all the words
are hyphenated.

All the hyphens are "still there" in your Lilypond score, and if you
find a way to spread out the spacing a bit, they will magically appear
when needed. They've only been temporarily compressed out of view
because there isn't room for them at the current tightness of spacing.
That is indeed standard practice for all publishers (leave out the
hyphen if putting it in would make a mess.)

2)The lagging you are taking about is also standard practice
- I don't know
of any publishers off the top of my head
that left-justify their lyrics.

I think you're absolutely right about this. I'm not a singer,
so I just want the
score to be legible to them.

There is a (slightly hack-ish to type but comes out looking nice) way to
get the notes aligned on the first vowel of the syllable instead of
centred. There is also the option (cleaner to code) of having each
syllable moved (say for example) 30 percent to the right. However, no
solution is perfect.  Scores that are really well done have each
syllable "eyeballed" to a pleasing and/or acceptable distance from _all_
other nearby objects - I haven't seen any computer program capable of
automating that process.  (Doesn't mean it hasn't been done.)


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