3.5.4 Replacing the notation font

Gonville is an alternative set of glyphs to Feta – part of the Emmentaler font – and used in LilyPond. They can be downloaded from:


Here are a few sample bars of music set in Gonville:


Here are a few sample bars of music set in LilyPond’s Feta glyphs:


Installation Instructions

For more information, see Other sources of information.

Note: ‘gonville-*.otf’ files are for ps and eps backend (for PDF and PostScript outputs). ‘gonville-*.svg’ files are for svg backend without svg-woff option. ‘gonville-*.woff’ files are for svg backend with svg-woff option. For more information, see Advanced command line options for LilyPond.

The following syntax changes the notation font (general and brace) to the Gonville font.

\paper {
  #(define fonts
     #:music "gonville"
     #:brace "gonville"

Note: Each call to set-global-fonts completely resets both the main notation and text fonts. If any category is left unspecified, then the default font will be used for that category. Each call to set-global-fonts changes the fonts for each \book that follows it, whether created explicitly or implicitly. This means that each \book can have its own set of main fonts by calling set-global-fonts before it. For more information, see Entire document fonts.

See also

Learning Manual: Other sources of information.

Notation Reference: The Emmentaler font, Entire document fonts.

Known issues and warnings

Gonville cannot be used to typeset ‘Ancient Music’ notation and it is likely newer glyphs in later releases of LilyPond may not exist in the Gonville font family. Please refer to the author’s website for more information on these and other specifics, including licensing of Gonville.

Other notation fonts

If you have other notation fonts like ‘fontname-*.otf’, ‘fontname-*.svg’, and ‘fontname-*.woff’, you can use them in the same way as Gonville.

That is, copy the ‘fontname-*.otf’ files to ‘…/share/lilypond/current/fonts/otf’ or ‘…/share/lilypond/X.Y.Z/fonts/otf’. If you have ‘fontname-*.svg’ and ‘fontname-*.woff’ files, copy them to ‘…/share/lilypond/current/fonts/svg’ or ‘…/share/lilypond/X.Y.Z/fonts/svg’.

Note: At the moment, LilyPond expects the font file names to have the following suffixes, all of which must be present in the above installation folder(s) to work properly: ‘-11’, ‘-13’, ‘-14’, ‘-16’, ‘-18’, ‘-20’, ‘-23’, ‘-26’, ‘-brace’. For example, ‘emmentaler-11.otf’, ‘emmentaler-20.svg’, and ‘emmentaler-brace.woff’ etc.

The following syntax changes the notation font (general and brace) to the fontname font.

\paper {
  #(define fonts
     #:music "fontname" ; font filename without suffix and extension
     #:brace "fontname" ; font filename without suffix and extension

Note: For music and brace categories, specify the font filename without the suffix and extension.

LilyPond — Notation Reference v2.24.3 (stable-branch).