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Fit-to-single-page for lead sheets

From: Michael Hendry
Subject: Fit-to-single-page for lead sheets
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:11:49 +0100

I use Lilypond to produce lead sheets for jazz players, which conventionally 
have four bars per line and are adjusted in size to fit on a single page.

It’s simple enough to use… 

#(set-global-staff-size 19)

…for example, to get the concert instrument version to fit the page, but I 
often find that ledger lines introduced (or removed) in the automatic 
production of Bb and Eb versions forces an additional page or leaves an 
unnecessarily large gap at the bottom.

Even if I resolve this by tweaking the global staff size downwards to get the 
Concert/Bb/Eb set correct in the song’s original key, I sometimes need to 
transpose the whole piece for a singer, and end up having to go through the 
process again.

I haven’t been able to find a fit-to-page feature which would handle this 


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