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Re: line breaks and broken beams

From: Nicolas Sceaux
Subject: Re: line breaks and broken beams
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 21:54:42 +0100

Le 28 oct. 09 à 08:37, David Kastrup a écrit :

Carl Sorensen <address@hidden> writes:

Isn't the problem that beams create melismata in vocal music, and you
don't want to have a line break in the middle of a melisma?

Baroque melisme can go on for lines.  Do we have a way to discourage
breaks but not completely disallow them?

Last week, while typesetting a chorus from Messiah with many beams crossing bar lines, I was about to report that as a bug. The lines were just running out
of the page, which is a bug, period.
In an ideal world, LilyPond would try not to break beams, but not forbid it. In a "worst is better" world (that is, our world), breaking beams is just not


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