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Re: Automatic beaming in melismas

From: Jean-Charles Malahieude
Subject: Re: Automatic beaming in melismas
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:03:48 +0100
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Le 22/03/2012 13:00, Janek Warchoł disait :
On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM, Francisco Vila  wrote:
2012/3/22 Janek Warchoł:
What i suggest would be quite the opposite: every melisma should be
indicated using a melisma command, and *then* user can decide how he
wants melismas to look like: should every melisma be automatically
marked with a slur, or a dotted slur, or should beaming be used for
it, or something different (or nothing at all).

For (specifically) vocal scores, slurs are not redundant to indicate
melismas. Melismas are indicated in the score by slurs, so slur
equals melisma.

Not always.  Sometimes they're also used for portamento between syllabes.

I then use a "phrasing slur": a4\( \melisma b8 c\) \melismaEnd

But I agree on it would be good to separate both so to ease reusing of
that music in other contexts.

Glad that we agree here.
Also, one all-purpose melisma command would be simpler to understand for users.

Of course, a shorter (preferably one-character) command name should be
chosen.  \melisma and \melismaEnd is too much typing.

It is standard policy of lilypond's syntax to have meaningful names
for commands and you can always define your shorter commands.

well, we don't have a \slur and \slurEnd commands.  Aslo, melismas
appear so often that i think the syntax should be standarized.
But i'm not at all against having both full name and shortcut,
similarly to -\staccato and -.

The main problem in this case, in my opinion, is that you can't even build a shortcut for combining melisma and autobeaming, since beaming is *prefix* and melisma *postfix*.

By the way, I always write:
  \new Staff <<
    \set Staff.autoBeaming = ##f
    \new Voice = "melody" { \notes }
    \new Lyrics \lyricsto "melody" { \words }

in order to reuse \notes anywhere else.


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