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Re: transpose, transposition, and relative

From: lilypond
Subject: Re: transpose, transposition, and relative
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2005 13:36:47 +0000
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Damn webmail ...

I've got it! The result is a bit of a mess but it seems to work.

I store all my notes in a file, so my voiceTromnbone file now 
contains a "\transpose c' bf" if the part's in Bb.

And all my formatting and score stuff is in a file, so if I'm 
outputting a Bb part, that contains a "\transpose bf c'".

Apologies if I've been a bit dense, but it didn't cross my mind until after 
bouncing all this around that I could have two \transpose directives, which 
would have the net effect of cancelling each other out. I think it's one of 
those "obvious when you know how" moments :-)


address@hidden wrote:
> I'm coming at it from a very different angle. I don't give a damn about MIDI, 
> and I'm using lilypond as a music-typesetting program (which, indeed, I 
> thought it was). And I play an instrument which, in a different way, is as 
> unusual as the horn changing pitch half-way through a piece. Depending on the 
> whim of the composer (well, not quite), music for me can be written in C or 
> in Bb. When I'm looking at my .ly files, I can't say "that's the trombone, 
> therefore those notes are concert pitch". When I saw the transpose directive, 
> I missed the bit about "midi only", and thought "great - I can enter the 
> notes in Bb, and that will tell lilypond how to convert it to C".
> I *really* *don't* *want* to have half my music with a "transpose bf c" 
> directive in it, and the other half with "transpose c bf" in it. The current 
> option is to transpose all the Bb parts in my head as I enter them (or work 
> out how to get that editor to do it for me). It'd be nice if lily could do it 
> for me.

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