Aligning lyrics to a melody

Lyrics are interpreted in \lyricmode and printed in a Lyrics context, see Contexts explained.

\new Lyrics \lyricmode { … }

Two variants of \lyricmode additionally set an associated context used to synchronize the lyric syllables to music. The more convenient \addlyrics immediately follows the musical content of the Voice context with which it should be synchronized, implicitly creating a Lyrics context of its own. The more versatile \lyricsto requires both specifying the associated Voice context by name and explicitly creating a containing Lyrics context. For details see Automatic syllable durations.

Lyrics can be aligned with melodies in two main ways:

See also

Learning Manual: Aligning lyrics to a melody.

Notation Reference: Contexts explained, Automatic syllable durations, Stanzas, Manual syllable durations, Dialogue over music, Manual syllable durations.

Internals Reference: Lyrics.

LilyPond — Notation Reference v2.25.8 (development-branch).