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Fwd: Fine tuning of MetronomeMark's expression

From: Paolo Prete
Subject: Fwd: Fine tuning of MetronomeMark's expression
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2020 11:19:29 +0200


Please have a look at this thread.

It shows that the \tempo markup can't be properly overridden. And it shows
an ambiguity of the API.

Can the discussed feature be added to Lilypond? IMHO it is an important



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From: Paolo Prete <>
Date: Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 1:41 AM
Subject: Re: Fine tuning of MetronomeMark's expression
To: Valentin Villenave <>
Cc: lilypond-user <>

On Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 10:44 PM Valentin Villenave <>

> On 6/19/20, Paolo Prete <> wrote:
> > Is there a way, for the above metronome indication " (quarter = 120) "
> of
> > the above MetronomeMark to apply the same font parameters (\abs-fontsize,
> > \bold etc.) specified in the \markup expression?
> Well, you can always redefine a Scheme function (see the definition of
> metronome-markup in scm/translation-functions.scm)...  That being
> said, it might be easier to go through an override instead of putting
> stuff into the markup block:
> {
>   \override Score.MetronomeMark.font-size = #4
>   \tempo  "Allegro" 4 = 120 c'
> }
Hi Valentin,


1) \override Score.MetronomeMark affects the note symbol too (and this is
not good, because the note's font is different and should be independent of
the attributes of the remaining text).

2) The scheme function to be redefined seems to involve too much code to be
modified (I see there are (make-smaller-markup ...)
and (make-note-by-number-markup ...) ) where I have to put hands.

I could be wrong, but it seems that Lily's API for MetronomeMark hides
visible details (---> the metronome note) that should be overridable.
>From what I see, correct me again if I'm wrong, it is the name
MetronomeMark which is wrong and causes these problems to the API.
To be more precise, I think that what is currently called "MetronomeMark"
should be called "TempoMark", so to have something like:




I'm going to open a ticket for this.
Meanwhile, is there a fix for the problem?
I just found Harm's override, but I still wonder if is there a
shorter/easier solution

Thanks for your help!


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