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Re: An old claveciniste's notation

From: Richard Shann
Subject: Re: An old claveciniste's notation
Date: Tue, 13 May 2014 10:23:26 +0100

I have a general method sorted out for adding simple ornaments not
covered by LilyPond, the code looks like the following example

suspension = ^\markup {\epsfile #X #2 
 bes'\suspension( a'4.~ ) g'4\prall

and the typeset appearance is as attached - this is a rather crude glyph
hacked using inkscape from the emmentaler fermata glyph and exported as
a file suspension.eps in the named directory.
For those using Denemo this is available in a subdirectory
"Claveciniste" of the ornaments directory, the Denemo display for the
input is as in the second attachement.
I will try to add the pince code as well (as this cannot be done via a
simple markup command) before the next release.
Those not using Denemo are, of course, welcome to extract the file
suspension.eps from the Denemo sources [1] and use it by typing the
LilyPond code in by hand (definition at the top or better in an include
file, then /suspension at each note that needs it)
A nice set of .eps files would be most welcome!

On Mon, 2014-05-12 at 10:06 +0100, Richard Shann wrote:
> On Wed, 2014-05-07 at 20:23 +1000, Andrew Bernard wrote:
> > This brings up the point that there do indeed seem to be a set of
> > people trying to use lilypond for baroque music engraving. Lilypond
> > seems heavily oriented around nineteenth century practice (leaving
> > aside it's wonderful support for ancient notations) and the very usual
> > and common set of baroque keyboard ornaments (meaning, in particular,
> > the French ones) have to be done with complex special techniques that
> > are not easily understood or manufactured by those who do not know
> > Scheme.
> > 
> > Why can't lilypond be extended to have in the base code a full set of
> > French baroque ornament signs and symbols? How would one initiate such
> > a request?
> There is a bug tracker for that, but from the lack of response I would
> guess there isn't enough demand. However, I have been digging a bit into
> this, as there is indeed at least one other ornament in the score I am
> working from that is not available. The pincé appearing next to the note
> is a rather special case, as is the coulé that I originally asked about,
> but for many others here is a route which seems to work:
> I created an eps file from the fermata.svg which is an image of the
> fermata extracted from the emmentaler font, purely as an example to work
> with, and placed it
> in /home/rshann/git-denemo/denemo/pixmaps/fermata.eps
> then I wrote four notes with the code
>  a'4 a' 
>  ^\markup {\combine 
> \epsfile #X #2 #"/home/rshann/git-denemo/denemo/pixmaps/fermata.eps" 
> \with-dimensions #'(0 . 6) #'(0 . 10)
>     \postscript #"
>       newpath
>       closepath
>       "
> } 
> a'4 a' 
> and the result is that the second a' note has a fermata over it.
> Now, I cannibalized that code from 
> but the documentation there is not sufficient for me to know what
> exactly all the bits are doing; if anyone can prune that code further,
> or say what can be usefully done with the parameters in it, I would be
> grateful.
> Anyway, this provides a route for including other special ornaments -
> I'll include the one (the "suspension") I need right now in the next
> Denemo release so that it can be applied via a simple command as with
> any other ornament.
> If anyone has other .svg's that they want including, please let me know.
> Richard
> > 
> > It's interesting that it was only two or three weeks ago that I myself
> > asked about pincé, and here it is again. So there is some growing
> > demand.
> > 
> > I am of course aware that there is generally more than one way to
> > notate the French ornaments, but that can be dealt with I imagine.
> > 
> > Andrew
> > 
> > 
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