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Re: TimeSignature with note in denominator

From: Kieren MacMillan
Subject: Re: TimeSignature with note in denominator
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2021 09:54:10 -0500

Hi Lukas,

> Which one of those bars is more natural than the other, and why?

That question has a more specific answer: According to Gould, one of them is 
not just “more natural” but *correct*, and the other is not just “less natural” 
but *incorrect*.  ;)

When dividing any note duration, there is a specific formula when to move from 
one sub-duration to the next smaller sub-duration (e.g. in tuplets of varying 
number). Those rules, of course, apply equally to the note-glyph used in the 
denominator of a time signature. Naturally, Lilypond can’t force someone to use 
the “correct” engraving — but that doesn’t change the fact that there are clear 
rules as to how to properly engrave such things!


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