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Re: Short ottava ambiguity

From: Phil Holmes
Subject: Re: Short ottava ambiguity
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:45:01 +0100

"Simon Albrecht" <address@hidden> wrote in message news:address@hidden

as a followup to the ly-user thread on ottavation bracket/fermata
stacking I noticed the following problem:
By default, OttavaBracket has a minimum-length of 1 and the text is
right-aligned to the first note in the range of the ottavation. Thus,
it's sometimes impossible to discern from which note on the ottava is
supposed to be applied. In short-ottava.ly (see attachment) the ottava
applies to both notes, in short-ottava-2.ly only to the second note. Yet
the output is identical.

I think it's difficult for LilyPond to "do the right thing" when using 8va as the ottavation mark, and only ottavating one note. Gould almost exclusively uses 8 as the mark, and with sufficient space LilyPond follows her recommendation: see my recent comment on 3690.

A more extensive set of tests is below, and gives the attached image.

\version "2.18"
\ottava #1 e'''4 f'''
\ottava #0 e'' e'' R1
e''4 \ottava #1 f'''4
\ottava #0 e'' e'' R1
\ottava #1
\set Staff.ottavation = #"8"
e'''4 f'''
\ottava #0 e'' e'' R1
e''4 \ottava #1
\set Staff.ottavation = #"8"
\ottava #0 e'' e''
e''4 \ottava #1
\set Staff.ottavation = #"8"
f'''4 e'' '
\ottava #0 e''

Phil Holmes

Attachment: short-ottava-2.png
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