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RE: Variables and Bookpart

From: Mark Stephen Mrotek
Subject: RE: Variables and Bookpart
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2023 16:54:54 -0700



Thank you for your advice.

That format is not what is given in the manual.


\bookpart {

  \header { … }

  \score { … }



An what is the advantage of being able to code separate files (for individual movements) if the variables for each must be copied into the book part?

If in the future I wanted to change anything in an individual movement I would need to compile all of the bookparts.

The only option, that I can see, is to not use variables and insert all pitches within \score.


Your guidance is appreciated.




From: Hans Aikema []
Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2023 3:51 PM
To: Mark Stephen Mrotek <>
Cc: lilypond-user mailinglist <>
Subject: Re: Variables and Bookpart


On 12 Mar 2023, at 20:38, Mark Stephen Mrotek <> wrote:


Jean Abou Samra,


Thank you.

Yes variables must (and are) placed before the \score in each individual movement. That is why each complies perfectly when done individually.

The error appears when the code for the movement (that compiles) is copied and pasted into the \bookpart.


Your kind attention is appreciated.’







Based on your response I think you did not get the nuances of what Jean tried to tell you.


The copying/pasting of your working score INSIDE \bookpart means that you are copying your variable definition (which is already properly outside the \score) INSIDE the \bookpart, while it should be outside both the \bookpart and the \score


So you should 


{copy variables to here}

\bookpart {

            {copy rest of the score here}



When using copy/paste of your score into a file with a \bookpart





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