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Re: sharping naturals

From: Kieren MacMillan
Subject: Re: sharping naturals
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:43:05 -0400

Hi David,

> What _is_ the current key signature?
> \key a \major \transpose c d { \key f \major \transpose d f { a b c d e f g } 
> }
> What should the result be?

Well, when I run that code in Lilypond, the visible key signature has three 
Whether or not that is the key signature the OP wants to work in would be the 
OP’s problem.

> But at what point will they stop making sense to humans and other tools?

I lack sufficient data to answer that question.

> Getting dogmatic about LilyPond's input language and declaring it as
> God-given at least has the advantage that one avoids extended
> discussions about recurring bad ideas every three months.


> Where would Bach's "Kunst der Fuge" had been if "b a c h" had not
> spelled out a theme unambiguously?

Perhaps it might have been Schoenberg’s Opus 1?  ;)

> "You don't want to go there" is something nobody ever believes me, so I
> have to settle for "if you want to go there, you'll need to learn how to
> do it yourself, and by the time you know how to do it, you'll understand
> why it's a bad idea”.



Kieren MacMillan, composer
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