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Re: Key and accidentals in Lilypond

From: David Bobroff
Subject: Re: Key and accidentals in Lilypond
Date: Fri, 06 Dec 2002 16:13:41 +0000

Silvio a Beccara wrote:

>Instead, Lilypond puts
>natural signs on every note which is not explicitely written with an
>accidental, which is quite disappointing, since it does know where
>accidentals should NOT be put!
>So I think there ought to be a way to change this unlogical, and
>unmusical, behaviour of lilypond. I'm sure there are experts out there
>who know this (after all simple) solution.

Others have made similar comments about Lilypond's behavior regarding keys
and accidentals.  At first I found it a bit odd but quickly grew accustomed
to it.  It *does* make a certain kind of sense.  You want Bb?  You write a
Bb ("bes" by default, I believe it can understand other names).  This is
the way Lily works.  I think it is also why Lily can easily transpose to
other keys.  I was recently working on a set of scale patterns.  I only had
to write it once and then copy/paste the pattern and add a transposition.
This was a HUGE time saver.


David Bobroff

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