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Re: BreathingSigns and automatic beams

From: Jay Anderson
Subject: Re: BreathingSigns and automatic beams
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:09:42 -0700

On Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 10:24 PM, David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:
> You don't say which frustration.  You apparently want to have automatic
> beams across breath marks.  To me, that does not make a lot of sense.

Sorry, I took out too much context from the original message. It's
pretty common in horn music (etudes especially - probably other wind
music as well) for a breath mark to suggest a possible place to take a
breath. (It doesn't necessarily indicate a short pause or break.)
Perhaps lilypond's breathe isn't quite right for what I need. Here's
how the breath I'm wanting behaves:
- The mark generally doesn't affect the music spacing or beaming in any way.
- Horizontally it is at the end of a note's duration before the
following note (or possibly over a bar line in tight situations).
- Vertically it floats above beams and articulations, but below text
and tempo markings. Generally you don't see breath marks and slurs
together. I'm sure depending on the context it could go either inside
or outside the slur.

A regular text markup will get most of this except the horizontal
positioning. Maybe I'll play with that to see if I can make it work.

> But since the beam engraver sits at Voice level, that's sort of easy to
> cheat around:
>     ...
>     breathe = \new Voice \breathe
>     ...
> Of course, this does not follow \voiceOne/\voiceTwo settings.

That's a creative workaround. For what I'm looking for there's only
one voice so this would work fine. Thanks.


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