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Re: Lilypond 2.19.82 with multiple voices seems to fail

From: DaveAtkinson
Subject: Re: Lilypond 2.19.82 with multiple voices seems to fail
Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2019 09:36:31 -0700 (MST)

Dear LilyPond folks

Thanks so much for taking an interest. First, I forgot two important pieces
of information - yes, I am using Windows... (hangs head in shame) and it has
16 Gb of memory.. The OS is 64 bit, but I don't suppose that matters to
lilypond as compiled for windows..?

So interesting... it is clear that overuse of the << \\ >> construct causes
issues. I would welcome comments about how to re-write the score without it.
If the correct way to do it is

then an affirmation would be sufficient rather than a tutorial, which would
be greatly appreciated otherwise ;-).

I would like to address the point about why people do this - although
obviously I can only speak for myself, and I have two reasons. 

The first, I confess to sometimes using lilypond to generate midi files from
piano accompaniments so that I can practise the main part when I don't have
the luxury of a pianist (which is almost all the time). I am therefore
copying existing scores. In order to eliminate (!) mistakes, I do it a few
bars at a time, as corrections are much easier for me to do in the last few
bars. If I were to use two voices for the whole of a staff, once I'd written
the first staff, going back and finding the places where two voices are
required, and filing in all the spaces, is tedious and taxing for me...

The second reason, if I were to write a staff as two lines, all the parts
where there is effectively only a single voice look horrible, because all
the rests and note stems look wrong.

Very best regards, and thanks to all who've replied,

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