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Re: Whole measure rests

From: Jan Nieuwenhuizen
Subject: Re: Whole measure rests
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 21:03:50 +0100

"Kenneth Almquist" <address@hidden> writes:

> When an entire measure consists of nothing but a rest, the accepted
> convention is that the rest should be centered, rather than aligned
> with the first beat of the measure.


> In 3/4 time (and probably in other time signatures, but I haven't
> checked that), the whole note rest symbol stands for one measure
> worth of rest, and should be used for that purpose in preference
> to alternative notations.


> Therefore, in 3/4 time, "r2." should be rendered as a whole note
> rest symbol, rather than a half note rest followed by a dot.

Well, it's too hairy for LilyPond to figure that out.

> Lilypond release 1.4.9 does not implement either of the above
> conventions, with the result that is produces strange looking
> output when asked to typeset a piece which contains an entire
> measure of rest.  An example is appended.

No, but there is a workaround.  See below.  Thanks for your report, I
checked the documentation and it's not very clear on this.


\version "1.4.9"
papersize = "letter"
\include "paper26.ly"
\header {
    title = "Test of Full Measure Rest"
    subtitle = "January 29, 2002"
    composer = "Kenneth Almquist"
\score {
  < \context Staff = staffA {
      \key d \minor
      \time 3/4
      \clef treble
      \transpose c'' {
        c4 d e |
        f4 e f |
        e2. |
        \bar "|."
    \context Staff = staffB {
      \key d \minor
      \clef bass
        <c2. e2. g2.> |
%       r2. |
        R1 * 3/4 |
        <c2. e2. g2.> |
        \bar "|."
  \paper {
        indent = 0.0 \in
        linewidth = 5.0 \in

Jan Nieuwenhuizen <address@hidden> | GNU LilyPond - The music typesetter
http://www.xs4all.nl/~jantien       | http://www.lilypond.org

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