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RE: cross-staff stems

From: Mark Stephen Mrotek
Subject: RE: cross-staff stems
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2023 17:24:15 -0700



Attached is a MWE

Want stem to connect c and a, also c an g.

Thank you for your kind attention.




From: Jean Abou Samra []
Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 4:41 PM
To: Mark Stephen Mrotek <>; 'lilypond-user' <>
Subject: Re: cross-staff stems


Le mercredi 22 mars 2023 à 14:28 -0700, Mark Stephen Mrotek a écrit :

My piano score has four voices each coded as a variable.
At a single place I want a cross stem between the tenor and alto voice.
The directions at
were followed  yet the stems were not created.
The snippet for the above directions does not use variables yet imbeds the notation within the \PianoStaff.
Does imply that cross-staff stem is available only in that format?
Thank you for your kind attention,

First, the documentation page you link to is for LilyPond 2.16, which is an ooold version (more than 10 years old). Google search results can be problematic in that regard; it often works to replace the version number with your version number in the URL, in this case replacing 2.16 with 2.24, the current stable version. That said, this snippet does still work in 2.24 unchanged.

Do you have an example allowing to reproduce your problem? (No, whether you structure your input with variables won't make a difference.)

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