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Re: best practice for score structure

From: Hwaen Ch'uqi
Subject: Re: best practice for score structure
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2020 14:02:23 -0400

Greetings claire,

And welcome to LilyPond!

This may not be the kind of answer that you are looking for, but I
thought to throw in my "two cents." In principle, I like the idea of
variables, and I do use them on occasion. But apart from certain
pitchless content, such as dynamics or or unusual notehead or
accidental modifications, I try to stay away from employing them for
large swaths of pitch content. This is because I find them to be less
flexible when I need to return to a score to make changes, especially
if those changes happen to be structural in nature - i.e. voltas and
alternatives, da cappo and d.c. al fine, etc. So, a piano score for me
might look something like:

\version "2.20.0"

dynamics = { DYNAMICS }

pedals = { PEDALS }

\score {
  \new PianoStaff <<
    \new Staff \relative c' {
          VOICETHREE MUSIC (if necessary)
    \new Dynamics \dynamics
    \new Staff \relative c' {
      LEFTHAND MUSIC (similarly structured)
    \new Dynamics \pedals

But even this structure only works in optimal cases. There are many
instances in my scores where dynamics simply cannot go between the
staves, or when each staff requires its own dynamics. The same holds
true for pedaling. This is why I prefer to have most of the content
within the \PianoStaff block itself, even if it may look less tidy. I
allot one line of text per measure of music. At the end of each line
of music, I comment measure numbers, such as %1 or %2 - or, in the
case of many voices, %1A or %1B. These make locating the necessary
text extremely easy.


Hwaen Ch'uqi

On 7/5/20, Claire Meyer <> wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> I'm a new user (~1 month old) wondering about best practice for score
> structure. Let's say I've got a piano score, with two voices per hand, and
> the occasional third voice here and there, and all my dynamics  between the
> two staves of the piano. Then I'll probably write it with :
> - four variables for my four voices (and add the occasional additional
> voices in those when needed)
> - one variable for the dynamics
> And round everything nicely in my score (with some intermediate variables,
> like one for each hand etc...).
> But I have yet to find a place that seems like good practice (let alone
> best practice) for the structural aspects of my score, like bars and
> voltas, especially when they stop being trivial. I don't mind much when
> I've got one "||" bar at the end of my score to put it wherever. But when I
> have several voltas, dal segnos, alternative ends, special bars, etc... I
> wonder where is the best place to write that. Maybe in a null voice, like
> for lyrics that aren't aligned with any written rhythm ? Should I write it
> in each voice ?
> Thanks,
> Claire

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