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Re: Terrible question about a distinctive chord name system

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: Terrible question about a distinctive chord name system
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 07:09:19 +0200 (CEST)

>   This edition uses a very distinctive chord naming
>   system--functional chord name system. For example, the tonic major
>   triad is written as T, subtonic triad is S, and dominant is
>   D. Chords share two notes of both T and S or D and T are prefixed
>   by two function letters and then the root step and optional Arabic
>   numbers. The convention is as follows:

A similar same system is used in German harmony books.  [...]

>   Is there a way to write these chord names? Must I have to use
>   markup function? That's too complicated!

My suggestion is to write a set of markup macros (`\T', `\DVII',
etc.).  It definitely can't be done automatically since the
relationship between the chords is something which lilypond can't
deduce by its own.  Adding a new `mode' for entering such harmonics,
probably as a variant of the numbered bass, might be an interesting
project, but I fear this is beyond your available time frame --
additionally, you need someone who is going to implement it.

I don't have time right now to help you directly (since I'm going to
vacation soon), but I think if you provide a set of such macros and
send it to the list, there are good guys who can check it for you.


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