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Re: Grammar and music.

From: David Raleigh Arnold
Subject: Re: Grammar and music.
Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2003 08:45:24 +0000

On Wednesday 22 May 2002 09:23 pm, Laurent Martelli wrote:
> >>>>> "Clement" == SOULLARD Clement
> >>>>> <address@hidden> writes:
>   Clement> There is a few GPL project on music writing on the
>   Clement> Internet. Most of the more serious project are based on
>   Clement> tex.  My aim is to make a Finale clone for Linux. There is
>   Clement> a long time I'm thinking of this but the task is huge,
> I'll Clement> probably need help.  Porcessing music sheet under tex
> is a Clement> compilation so in a sense this is far from the an event
> Clement> driven application like Finale, but the rules are the same.
> Clement> And I'm looking for a document like a grammar for the Music
> Clement> typing to integrate into my specification of the core
> Clement> component.
> Why not hack Lilypond so that it's more interactive ? After all,
> recompiling the whole score is not needed if you just insert one
> note, so I guess you could reuse most of Lily's internals to build a
> GUI application, which could be considered as a special backend.

Give some thought to the front end.  By removing the notes from the
.ly file itself it becomes much easier.  Lilypond can compile
one part at a time that way, and you can have a result simply by having 
a different .ly file for each part.

The easiest and best way IMHO is to make the GUI an editor
rather than a music processor.  That has already been done
in noteedit and denemo.

I think that sly or something like it is the key to tying these
things together.
"Melody is the gift of God."
--Quincy Jones
"No, it isn't."  dra@ or

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