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Re: Dynamics context

From: Paul Scott
Subject: Re: Dynamics context
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2020 11:10:56 -0700

> On Sep 8, 2020, at 9:03 AM, antlists <> wrote:
> On 07/09/2020 17:01, Martín Rincón Botero wrote:
>> I wanted to ask if using the Dynamics context is the simplest way available 
>> in Lilypond for achieving this kind of vertically aligned dynamics. The huge 
>> drawback of the Dynamics context is that it disrupts the syntax, since 
>> dynamics can’t be used next to the first note they’re attached to, but 
>> instead they need a separate variable, reducing readability of the actual 
>> “music”.
> Just to throw my two-pennorth in, while I didn't know about the dynamics 
> context, I've started separating dynamics out ...
> I do band parts, and if the dynamics are replicated across, say, all 
> trombones I find it easier to have the notes in one variable, the dynamics in 
> another, and to merge them for each part. Especially as, although I haven't 
> really been doing scores, I can then merge all the trombone parts, and the 
> dynamics, to put them on one line of the score.
> It's not unusual for different instruments to have different dynamics, as 
> usually the cornets have the melody in the first section, then the bass 
> instruments in the trio, often with the middle instruments such as trombones 
> and euphs having a middle section. So whoever's got the melody might be ff, 
> with the others p underneath.
> At the end of the day, horses for courses and if it doesn't work for you then 
> fine. But it does work for people like me :-)

I do a separate dynamics variables also.  Sometimes there is a complicated 
sequence of spacings shared between my global and dynamics variables which I 
put in a separate variable to save typoing.

Stay safe all,


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