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Re: Question about Lilypond and meterless/free time music


From: N. Andrew Walsh
Subject: Re: Question about Lilypond and meterless/free time music
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2021 16:54:25 +0200

Hello Ariel,

please also see the section in the Notation Reference regarding writing cadenzas and other unmetered music: https://lilypond.org/doc/v2.23/Documentation/notation/displaying-rhythms#unmetered-music.

You could just treat this passage as a sort of cadenza, and control the barlines manually. 

As for applying a tick at exact *temporal* intervals, that's outside of my competence.

Sincerely,

A

On Sat, Jul 31, 2021 at 4:29 PM <ariel@aramburu.org> wrote:

Hello !

I have a question about whether Lilypond can manage a certain type of notation.

I happen to love a lot of music that is completely free time/ad libitum/rubatto/recitativo....so I am curious about different ways to notate music that has no rythmic pattern, no concept of measures, beats.

I recently found in a book this transcription of a lute solo ( see the attachment), where instead of measure bars the pentagram has marks indicating seconds into the recording. it reminds me a bit of an old piano scroll. The horizontal axis is in time, not measures.

My question is can I make a score like that using Lilypond ?

thanks,

Ariel//


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