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Re: using LyricHyphens in the docs

From: Laura Conrad
Subject: Re: using LyricHyphens in the docs
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:40:38 -0400
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>>>>> "Trevor" == Trevor Daniels <address@hidden> writes:

    Trevor> Mark Polesky wrote Tuesday, July 14, 2009 7:38 AM

    >> I think the "Salve, "Regína" example in NR 2.8 "Ancient Notation"
    >> would be improved by using LyricHyphens. For example, instead of
    >> "Sal- ve, Re- gí- na," use "Sal -- ve, Re -- gí -- na,".
    >> Unless there's some ancient hyphen typesetting convention that I
    >> don't know about.  The file involved is
    >> input/manual/ There may be others, but I just
    >> noticed it there.
    >> Anyone care to comment on that?

    Trevor> I know essentially nothing about ancient music,
    Trevor> but as these examples were set by experts I assume
    Trevor> they know what should be done.  I doubt that
    Trevor> ancient music was ever typeset using modern
    Trevor> lyric spacing hyphens, not least because the
    Trevor> ligatures are conventionally grouped closely
    Trevor> together, and the syllable (with the hyphen)
    Trevor> almost always sits neatly under them.

I don't know that much about the chant publications, but the 16th and
early 17th century facsimiles I transcribe from don't use hyphens to
separate syllables at all.  Underlay was a performers' job, not a
music publishers'.  

I agree with Marc that the LyricHyphen's look better than having the
hyphen be part of the word, and I suspect the "experts" were
introducing hyphens and just weren't expert enough in lilypond to know
the best way of doing that.

Of course, I may be wrong and chant publishers may have felt
differently about underlay than madrigal publishers.

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