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Re: Dashed, variable-thickness slurs

From: Ian Hulin
Subject: Re: Dashed, variable-thickness slurs
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 14:26:43 +0100
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Hi Carl,
I'll comment on the bits I feel qualified on: the documentation bits.

It's taken me while following the threads on lilypond-devel and lilypond-user to work out */why/* this has been developed.

The most common use seems to be so you can notate a phrase where notes have varying degrees of articulation or bowing weight, in a similar way that the hairpins show variations in dynamic intensity.

Before seeing this thread, I'd only seen slur/phrasing marks with renditions like dotted or dashed to show added editorial phrasings as distinct from Urtext ones which were inherited from the composer's manuscript.

Is there a slot in the documentation that covers the usage of all this fancy slur-sign stuff (LR NR)?



Carl D. Sorensen wrote:
Dear LilyPond users,

I've posted a patch for approval that implements variable thickness dashed
and part-dashed, part-solid slurs.  I hope it will be fully implemented in

As a preview, here's some slurs that were output by the new code.

Please let me know if these are acceptable, or if you'd like to see other




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