On 27/4/12 3:00 AM, Kieren MacMillan wrote:
>> I doubt that this new default behavior reflects common practice, though
> As a pianist, I can tell you it absolutely does reflect common engraving
> practice for piano staves: It is a very rare piano score (perhaps 1/10 of 1%)
> that contains only a single staff. That is precisely the reason
> Keep_alive_together_engraver was [fairly recently] added to Lilypond.
to avoid misunderstandings, my full statement was this:
>> I doubt that this new default behavior reflects common practice, though;
>> to me, it doesn't make much sense, and I'd like to suggest to the developers
>> (in case they read this) to reconsider this and keep empty staves only if
>> the total number of staffs would otherwise be one (or maybe not even then).
i.e., my main concern here is the situation where you may have more than
two staves, which is a much more common situation. The case I wanted to
make in the first place is to drop empty staves beyond the second staff,
and in the piano scores I have (e.g. Debussy or Messiaen), it is done
that way. As for the case of a single piano staff, you are right that it
is very rare; I can only recall one instance in one of Messiaen's Vingt
Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus (where it was actually printed as a single
staff score for several lines).