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Re: Is lilypond suitable for big composition projects?

From: Stefano Troncaro
Subject: Re: Is lilypond suitable for big composition projects?
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:24:14 -0300

Hi Jonas,

If every compilation is taking that long, maybe you are compiling several movements each time? In case you are, you can comment out the parts of the music that you are not working with to make the whole thing more agile, I do this with multi-movement works.

Unfortunately I can't offer you more advice than that.

2018-03-22 13:12 GMT-03:00 Shane Brandes <address@hidden>:
Composition tactics are a very individual to a persons habits and
skill sets. I use LilyPond for composing intermittently. If it is in
my head and needs to be set down it is useful. If I am actively trying
to work something out; I work with paper and pencil or pen, as nothing
beats that for efficiency. Sometimes If I have the ideal structure of
a piece worked out I will map that out in LilyPond and then fill in
the blanks as I have time. But I don't think that is a good tool for
composition unless you have a lot of skill with it. I am sure there
are others that might disagree, but as far as resulting output it is
tremendous and as yet there is nothing that looks as worthwhile to

As far as the midi you ought to be able to go to whatever measure and
beat you want to examine and listen to it using the midi tool in


On Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 11:35 AM, Jonas Daverio <address@hidden> wrote:
> That may seem like a stupid question, but I've been using LilyPond with
> Frescobaldi for a year and a half, but I start to ask myself if it is as
> efficient as if I had used another tool like Musescore.
> I explain: I don't have at all a powerful computer, and I think that an
> essential feature that I have to have to compose efficiently is to see what
> I've written in real-time. There is such a feature in Frescobaldi name
> "continuous engraving" (or something like that, my version is not in
> English), but on my slow computer and with a big project such as a 20-pages
> quartet or symphony, it takes at least 40 to 50 seconds to render.
> In addition, it would be great to hear the music out of the midi file by
> clicking on the preview (like on almost every WYSIWYG music software) but
> Frescobaldi's midi player is pretty useless for that.
> I'm not saying that LilyPond and Frescobaldi are bad, it's probably just me
> who don't know the right tools or the right way to use them. I'm asking to
> find a way to make my workflow more convenient to compose.
> Do you have any suggestions?
> Thanks!
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