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Re: Describing instruments

From: Mats Bengtsson
Subject: Re: Describing instruments
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 14:17:36 +0100
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Graham Percival wrote:
On Sun, Nov 29, 2009 at 09:06:32PM +0100, David Kastrup wrote:
If you transpose music, Lilypond could warn if notes become unplayable
on a baroque soprano recorder.  Because the range is left, or because a
particular semitone is not on the instrument.  Similar for other
It would also be helpful for arrangers and composers to have a databank
of instruments available, so that they don't go to the orchestra with
their finished scores and get told "Dude, that's not playable on a
standard bassoon."

I don't think that lilypond should serve as a crutch to composer
who know so little about their craft that they write unplayable
notes.  But if you want to persue this, feel free to write a music
function which checks the ranges (or anything else) and add it to
LilyPond offers partial help, for the composer who has access to information on the range of the instruments but wants to quickly check if the parts he already has written are within that range, thanks to the support for ambitus, This should also be useful as a starting point if you want to implement more automated range checks.

- Graham

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