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Re: Transposing instrument best practice

From: Simon Albrecht
Subject: Re: Transposing instrument best practice
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 20:15:01 +0200

Hi Dick,

please keep communication on-list except if you need to share actual private information.

On topic: the question is neither about composing, nor about what’s supposed to appear on the page. This is exclusively about coding style and the implications of what’s ‘behind the scenes’.

Like many, I never compose and rarely arrange directly into LilyPond, since that’s cumbersome with the way Lily works.

Best, Simon

On 31.07.19 20:03, Dick Seabrook wrote:
Depends on where you're coming from I think. If you're composing at the piano then write in concert pitch by all means. However if you're composing for trumpet (Bb) and decide to write a flute part (C) and also a trombone part (bass clef C) you can think in C all you want but plan on adding a couple of flats to the other parts. Add sharps
going the other way.
Dick S.

On Wed, Jul 31, 2019 at 12:40 PM Simon Albrecht <address@hidden <mailto:address@hidden>> wrote:

    Hello everybody,

    I have practically never had to typeset music for transposing
    instruments before, so I have barely any experience with this
    topic. The
    documentation confuses me, since the NR has two sections talking
    transposing instruments, each giving different advice:

    1.1.3.d recommends entering the notes in ‘written’ pitch and using
    \transposition to get correct MIDI, cues and quotes. In ‘See
    also’, it
    links to

    1.1.2.b, where the recommendation is to enter the notes in concert
    and use \transpose to display them in transposed, written pitch.

    Keith O’Hara, in
    <>, writes
    that ‘we
    usually suggest that the variables holding music for transposing
    instruments store the music in concert pitch.’

    Given the highly confusing nature of the subject, wouldn’t it be
    if the NR took a clear stance toward one of the ways as ‘best

    Which way would that be? What experiences did you make?

    Best, Simon

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