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Re: Score parts: instrument and duration

From: Mats Bengtsson
Subject: Re: Score parts: instrument and duration
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2005 15:21:23 +0200
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Hans Aberg wrote:
- I have a score (Ernest Bloch, "Suite Modale for Flute and Piano") which has an additional header field "duration". It is placed to the left, over the instrument name.

Good idea. Any takers for a patch? It's just adding it to titling- init.ly and the documentation.

The question is what the field should be called. "Duration" is just
one of many possible uses for an extra field at this position.

I only noticed that it has the field; I do not know how common it is; whther it comes from the author or the typesetter. The field says
  Duration: 12 minutes
in normal size, plain, roman font.

Also, I'm not sure about exactly what position you want. Does
"over the instrument name" refer to the default instrument name
position given by LilyPond or the position up left where you want
it? Can you possibly reuse the "poet" field?

The whole layout, in pseudo-code, is
                                 \size 1\italic "To Elaine Shaffer"
                                 \size 4\bold "Suite Modale"
\size 0\normal "Duration ..."    \size 2\bold "For Flute and Piano"
\size 3\bold "FLUTE" \size 3 \bold "ERNEST BLOCH" \size 3\bold "(1956)"
                                 \size 3\bold "I"
Score Part...

\size 0 \normal&bold \size 0\normal&bold "Copyright ..." \size 0 \normal "Broude Brothers..." "International rights secured" "B.B. 2010" "New York" "All rights reserved" "Printed in U.S.A"

I am not saying that this is the right way to do it. I just notice how it is. It interesting to note how many font sizes are in use.

My conclusion here is that LilyPond can never be expected to provide
automatic support to handle all special cases of information that
people might want to squeeze into the title of a piece, not to mention
all possible layouts. The example you show here is fairly easy to obtain
using the already existing layout fields and one or two
\markup{\column{...}} and a few font size changing commands.
Also, if you want the same layout in a number of scores, it's fairly
easy to to modify the titling layout functions as described in the
manual (of course, a few more examples might not hurt).


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