Mensural flags

Use the flag-style property of grob Stem to select ancient flags. Besides the default flag style, only the mensural style is supported.

\relative c' {
  \override = #'mensural
  \override Stem.thickness = #1.0
  \override = #'mensural
  c8 d e f c16 d e f c32 d e f s8
  c'8 d e f c16 d e f c32 d e f

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Note that the innermost flare of each mensural flag is vertically aligned with a staff line.

There is no particular flag style for neo-mensural or Petrucci notation. There are no flags in Gregorian chant notation.

See also

Music Glossary: mensural notation, flag.

Known issues and warnings

Vertically aligning each flag with a staff line assumes that stems always end either exactly on or exactly in the middle of two staff lines. This may not always be true when using advanced layout features of classical notation (which however are typically out of scope for mensural notation).

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