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Lilypond is amazing! (engraving Reubke)

From: Wilbert Berendsen
Subject: Lilypond is amazing! (engraving Reubke)
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 23:06:28 +0200
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Just to learn LilyPond better I've engraved the splendid Organ Sonata "Der 
94ste Psalm" by Julius Reubke (1834-1858) with LilyPond 2.13.1.
The result can be seen here [1]. The 28-page score is based on the IMSLP score 
(first edition 1871) of this piece.

The .ly files live in the lilymusic googlecode repository [2], a repo which 
I'm btw happy to share with anybody wanting to write good LilyPond scores (of 
public domain or otherwise Free music) under free licenes and svn version 

I discovered many niceties, e.g. when you use named contexts everywhere, you 
are always able to add things like markups and even accents etc. later from 
outside the main music definitions. This helps to separate the music and 
notes/remarks etc. I use a Devnull context containing some line breaks. The 
system-count and max-systems-per-page settings helped me well to get the score 
on the right number of pages.

Also a few lil' bugs I'll try to isolate, like cross-staff slurs sometimes 
behave strange, esp. when there are also markups below or above. Forcing or 
forbidding line breaks works around that kind of problems. And sometimes 
autobeamed notes have too long stems just before/after staff changes (already 
in issue tracker). And LilyPond uses more than 600MB main memory during 
engraving which almost puts my 512M laptop to a grinding halt. I bought a new 
computer with 4gig main ram just to use LilyPond for my Reubke score! :-)

[2] and

best regards,
Wilbert Berendsen

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