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Re: New to Lilypond - Questions about using Python to structure Lilypond

From: Erik Ronström
Subject: Re: New to Lilypond - Questions about using Python to structure Lilypond scores
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:18:43 +0200

Hi Garreth,

Since Lilypond is text based, you can obviously write Lilypond source files 
with Python and run them with Lilypond.

In fact, several such projects already exists, for a (very) simple example, see


> 23 apr. 2018 kl. 19:10 skrev Garreth <address@hidden>:
> I am brand new to Lilypond (and Frescobaldi), like a couple of days new. I am
> a music theory professor looking to use some computer skills I have (I know
> some Python) to aid my teaching and research. I am sorry if this is a really
> basic question, or if it's been answered elsewhere in these forums. I tried
> to find an answer but didn't find one that made a lot of sense to me.
> Here are my questions:
> Can one write programs in Python that will then structure and launch scores
> in Frescobaldi/Lilypond? Specifically, I would like to write algorithms in
> Python that, given parameters I am working on programming, can write scores
> that can then be translated to and launched in Lilypond/Frescobaldi?
> Could one conceivably go the other way, somehow send a Lilypond document to
> a Python program that can "grade" and "evaluate" the score in ways that I am
> working on programming?
> I am not looking for a lot of depth at this point. I basically just want to
> know if these scenarios are possible. I don't want to spend a whole lot of
> time learning programs (like Lilypond and Frescobaldi) if my end goal simply
> isn't possible.
> Thank you so much for helping an sorry again if this has been covered
> elsewhere!
> Garreth
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