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\numericTimeSignature works on Staff level?

From: Lukas-Fabian Moser
Subject: \numericTimeSignature works on Staff level?
Date: Thu, 27 May 2021 16:18:17 +0200
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\numericTimeSignature works on Staff level - it has been this way since its first introduction by Graham Percival in 2008 (929abcd11cf5305b0929e5ca75b12ffee9f57785). As a consequence,

\version "2.22.1"

  \new Staff {
    \time 2/2
  \new Staff {


What's the rationale for this behaviour (rather than making \numericTimeSignature act on Score level)?

By default, setting \time command affects all simultaneous staves, and I can't think of a reason why one should want "4/4" in one staff and "c" in another.

Of course there are polymetric situations where simultaneous numeric and non-numeric time signatures might be desired, but that's a comparatively rare use case, and if am moving around the Timing_translator anyway in \layout {}, I can also set manually.


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