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Alternate lyrics context for song sheets

When preparing song sheets, it's sometimes useful to have the lyrics of all the verses inside the score, correctly lined up to the notes. However, this makes it easy for the singer to mix up verses -- especially when changing systems. A common solution is to alternate the display properties of the lyric lines. This snippet demonstrates how to use such an approach in LilyPond.

Alternate lyrics context for song sheets

Alternating beam directions

The eighth notes may be seemingly attached to different beams, and the corresponding notes connected by ties. Such a situation may occur, for example, in the cello suites.

Alternating beam directions

Alternative bar numbering

Two alternative methods for bar numbering can be set, especially for when using repeated music.

Alternative bar numbering

Alternative breve notes

Breve notes are also available with two vertical lines on each side of the notehead instead of one line and in baroque style.

Alternative breve notes

Ambitus

Ambitus indicate pitch ranges for voices.

Accidentals only show up if they are not part of the key signature. AmbitusNoteHead grobs also have ledger lines.

Ambitus

Ambitus with multiple voices

Adding the Ambitus_engraver to the Staff context creates a single ambitus per staff, even in the case of staves with multiple voices.

Ambitus with multiple voices

Analysis brackets

Brackets can be used in musical analysis to indicate the structure of the pieces.

As demonstrated in the second measure, such analysis brackets can be nested.

Analysis brackets

Analysis brackets above the staff

Simple horizontal analysis brackets are added below the staff by default. The following example shows a way to place them above the staff instead.

Analysis brackets above the staff

Ancient accidentals

Accidentals are available in different ancient styles, which all are collected here.

Ancient accidentals

Ancient fonts

Shown here are many of the symbols that are included in LilyPond's ancient notation.

Ancient fonts

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