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Re: choral voice part splitting

From: Alexandre Beneteau
Subject: Re: choral voice part splitting
Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2004 10:07:52 +0200
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A quick answer :-)

Use this syntax :

altoMusic = \notes { ..... bla bla bla bla bla
<< { high split music expressions } \\ { lower split music } >>
back to single voice etc...

Hope it will help you...


Chris Caudle wrote:
I am just learning Lilypond, and am having trouble understanding how to notate a style which is common in choral music. I am entering a composition for SATB voices, so I am creating a sopranoMusic, altoMusic, tenorMusic, and bassMusic section, and will use partcombine to place the two female parts in the treble staff, etc.

My current problem is that occasionally one of the voice parts will split, e.g. the soprano part will split to independent soprano 1 and soprano 2 parts, but only for a few note, then back to a single soprano line. Since the parts split so infrequently, it does not seem the best approach to enter the notes as if it were an eight voice composition.

When the split parts maintain the same rhythm, I am able to enter chord notation in a single voice (e.g. <c e>1 ) and that works OK, but when the rhythms are not identical, I do not understand how to enter the sub-parts within the same voice part. I tried to use chord notation so that the notes were stacked, but with different rhythms, e.g. <c1 e2> d2 but that was flagged as a syntax error. So what would be the proper way to enter that example, where the sopranos split, with part of the singers for that voice part sustaining a whole note, while part of the voices sang on a half not rhythm?

thanks for any help, Chris Caudle

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