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Re: Correct way to engrave tempo instructions?

From: Graham Percival
Subject: Re: Correct way to engrave tempo instructions?
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2004 01:21:14 -0700

On 13-Jun-04, at 3:50 AM, Alex Klein wrote:
I was wondering, what is the correct way to engrave the tempo instructions (for example "Allegro vivace") in a classical piece? I usually use the piece text in the header (which works nice but in most scores I know the tempo instruction is set above the bar not flushed to the left and is in bold letters), but what if one needs to insert a tempo instruction in the middle of the piece. There are of course the tempo markers, but I need the "text version" for this. Would be nice if there would be a command like

So far I've been using
a4^\markup{ \huge \bold { meno mosso }}
but I might change the \huge to \bigger instead. I haven't yet sat down to compare sizes of font with various published stuff, so I'm not certain how much bigger such text should be. But I think it /should/ be bigger than normal text.

\tempo 4=140 "Allegro vivace"

which would result in just the text being printed in the score but the numbers used for the midi file.

FWIW, I second this feature request. If only so that there's a standard size/font used for Lilypond tempo indications. :)

- Graham

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