4.3.3 Explicit breaks

There are cases when manual \break or \pageBreak commands are ignored by LilyPond. There are two commands to override this behavior:

\override NonMusicalPaperColumn.line-break-permission = ##f
\override NonMusicalPaperColumn.page-break-permission = ##f

If line-break-permission is set to ##f, all line breaks must be explicitly inserted with a \break command. Likewise, if page-break-permission is set to ##f, all page breaks must be explicitly inserted with a \pageBreak command.

\paper {
  indent = #0
  ragged-right = ##t
  ragged-bottom = ##t
}

music = \relative c'' { c8 c c c }

\score {
  \new Staff {
    \repeat unfold 2 { \music } \break
    \repeat unfold 4 { \music } \break
    \repeat unfold 6 { \music } \break
    \repeat unfold 8 { \music } \pageBreak
    \repeat unfold 8 { \music } \break
    \repeat unfold 6 { \music } \break
    \repeat unfold 4 { \music } \break
    \repeat unfold 2 { \music }
  }
  \layout {
    \context {
      \Score
      \override NonMusicalPaperColumn.line-break-permission = ##f
      \override NonMusicalPaperColumn.page-break-permission = ##f
    }
  }
}

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Selected Snippets

Using an extra voice for breaks

Often it is easier to manage line and page-breaking information by keeping it separate from the music by introducing an extra voice containing only skips along with the \break, pageBreak and other layout information.

This pattern becomes especially helpful when overriding line-break-system-details and the other useful but long properties of NonMusicalPaperColumnGrob.

music = \relative c'' { c4 c c c }

\score {
  \new Staff <<
    \new Voice {
      s1 * 2 \break
      s1 * 3 \break
      s1 * 6 \break
      s1 * 5 \break
    }
    \new Voice {
      \repeat unfold 2 { \music }
      \repeat unfold 3 { \music }
      \repeat unfold 6 { \music }
      \repeat unfold 5 { \music }
    }
  >>
}

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See also

Notation Reference: Vertical spacing.

Snippets: Spacing.


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