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Unexpected (irregular) vertical spacing

From: Simon Albrecht
Subject: Unexpected (irregular) vertical spacing
Date: Sat, 08 Mar 2014 18:09:27 +0100
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attached you find one page of a mass setting by Palestrina. The vertical spacing is very uneven and seems irrational and I'm a bit at a loss with interpretation. I couldn't think of how to make a minimal example either, so I attached it with all tweaks &c. Some thoughts on this: -- The page is slightly overfull (compressed by 6.3 staff-spaces), which upon looking doesn't seem to be necessary. -- Some lyrics lines are followed by large whitespace, while there is almost no space inbetween systems. -- This seems in part, but not consistently (see 2nd system, 2nd staff vs. 4th system, 2nd staff) to occur when there are notes reaching below the staff: the lyrics then are placed directly below, but the next staff seems to be placed so that the lyrics are centered. -- Tweaking VerticalAxisGroup.nonstaff-unrelatedstaff-spacing doesn't seem to help. (-- Beside the point: the horizontal spacing is brillant, I think, especially with \override SpacingSpanner.shortest-duration-space = 1.2 and even when the movement is forced on six systems. It can almost concur with the Breitkopf & Härtel 1881 model <http://imslp.org/wiki/Special:ImagefromIndex/301177>) -- The only potentially related issue I found is issue 1991 <http://code.google.com/p/lilypond/issues/detail?id=1991>.
It would be nice to improve this. What do you think?

Simon Albrecht, Kirchenmusikstudent

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