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Re: transpose, transposition, and relative

From: D Josiah Boothby
Subject: Re: transpose, transposition, and relative
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2005 18:17:06 -0800 (PST)

I'll attempt to clarify again:
\transposition is something that allows midi to know how the music has been transposed so that when you listen to a midi file, you hear what you wrote, not what the transposed notes look like.

\transpose actually transposes the notes in the music.

so, if you want to transpose the following: \relative c' { c4 d e f }, it would look like this: \transpose bes c' { \relative c' { c4 d e f } }

to get appropriate-sounding midi playback, you would want something like this:

\transpostion bes   % <-- this indicates what the transposition of the
                    %     following music will be
\transpose bes c' { % <-- this actually does the transposition
                    % <-- on this line, you could optionally use a
                    %     \transposition c since the notes following it
                    %     are entered at sounding pitch
  \relative c' { c4 d e f }


On Wed, 2 Feb 2005, Anthony W. Youngman wrote:

In message <address@hidden>, Han-Wen Nienhuys <address@hidden> writes
don't confuse \transposition and \transpose. \transposition sets the
transposition of the instrument playing. This is used for getting cue
note transpositions and MIDI output correct. \transpose changes the
pitches of a music expression. The above was interpreted as

Thanks. So I can't do what I want :-(

I know someone said there was a macro in jEdit or emacs or something that would transpose parts, but what I was hoping I could do was enter the part straight from treble clef, and tell lilypond that it was written in Bb. Looking at the example for the horn certainly makes it look like that is possible ...

I think that needs clarifying somewhat in the manual ...

Bummer! Another entry in my "I wish lilypond had that" list ... I'll really have to get into programming in Scheme and C++ :-)

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