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Re: Minimal horizontal space for melismata

From: Peter Crighton
Subject: Re: Minimal horizontal space for melismata
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2020 16:04:40 +0100

On Thu, 26 Mar 2020 at 10:14, Kevin Barry <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi Peter,

On Tue, 24 Mar 2020 at 15:06, Peter Crighton <address@hidden> wrote:
> I want the lyrics to be absolutely free of melismatic hyphens. How can I make sure of that? I have ensured that the note heads take as little space as they can (to my knowledge), but if it is either a short syllable and/or a long melisma, the note heads still take up too much space, so hyphens appear. See example below.

You could try using underscores instead of hyphens so that the lyrics
are always tied to the first note and won't be split up. E.g., in your
example, use:
Lyric = \lyricmode {
  Lorem _ ipsum _ dolor _ sit amet. _
instead of using two hyphens (you need to add an underscore for every
syllable after the first - see the section "Multiple notes to one
syllable" in the docs for the details).

Unfortunately that’s not an option because I need the same \Lyrics variable in another, normal score – with hyphens – and cannot change it for this.
It’s not so much a problem of ‘How do I get rid of the hyphens?’ rather than ‘How do I let the melisma note heads take up less space / the space of a solitary note head?’

Peter Crighton | Musician & Music Engraver based in Mainz, Germany

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