Mensurstriche layout

Mensurstriche (‘mensuration lines’) is the accepted term for bar lines that are drawn between the staves of a system but not through the staves themselves. It is a common way to preserve the rhythmic appearance of the original, i.e., not having to break syncopated notes at bar lines, while still providing the orientation aids that bar lines give.

Mensurstriche, bar lines between but not through staves, can be printed by setting measureBarType to "-span|" and using a grouping context that allows span bars, such as StaffGroup.

\layout {
  \context {
    measureBarType = "-span|"

music = \fixed c'' {
  d2 \section e2
  f1 \fine

\new StaffGroup <<
  \new Staff \music
  \new Staff \music

[image of music]

LilyPond Notation Reference v2.25.18 (development-branch).