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RE: Consecutive melismata - error in NR?

From: Philip Thomas
Subject: RE: Consecutive melismata - error in NR?
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:02:42 +0200

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Colin Hall [mailto:address@hidden
>Sent: Monday 11 June 2012 15:40
>To: Philip Thomas
>Cc: address@hidden
>Subject: Re: Consecutive melismata - error in NR?
>Thanks for the report, Philip. I tried your example and I agree that the
>documentation seems misleading.
>I wonder if it was intended to warn the user against this situation,
>which typesets fine but gives a warning:
>\relative c''
>  \new Voice = "melody" {
>    \time 3/4
>    f4 g8
>    \melisma
>    f e f
>    \melismaEnd
>    \melisma
>    f e f
>    \melismaEnd
>    e2.
>  }
>  \new Lyrics \lyricsto "melody" {
>    E -- le -- i -- son
>  }

Thanks, Colin, for taking the matter up.

Without wishing to labor the point unnecessarily, just to point out that
your example does not in fact typeset properly, in that the "-son" syllable
at the end is missing. I guess it is still waiting for its own note(s) to
hang onto, since the two melismas have, in effect, been combined into one,
and get associated with the "-i-" syllable. Lily is reacting sensibly when
she encounters this input, but the result points to the fact that it may not
make much sense to contemplate a situation in which one melisma starts on
the last note of a previous one. (Unless, as I said, I've missed something
-- a possibility for which I could find ample precedent!)

Cheers, Philip

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