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Re: Is lilypond really suitable for composing?

From: Nathan Sprangers
Subject: Re: Is lilypond really suitable for composing?
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:11:11 -0400

One of my professors suggested sketching a piece on a 4 staff system when composing/orchestrating. I did try doing this in lilypond with the idea that snippets and phrases from each staff would be stored as variables which could then be used in the full score. So sort of working backward from a reduction to a full score. For the purpose of orchestrating it worked alright, but even working with a reduced score, lilypond is not an efficient tool for composing/creating.


On Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 11:08 AM, jtruc34 <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?


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