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Fwd: Kievan "hatchet" notes for lilypond?

Monk Panteleimon
Sorry for the repeat, but I didn't initially send this to the developer's
list, just to certain developers. Since Juergen's reply went to the list I
thought I'd better correct my omission.
Second installment coming soon.
Fr. P

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Subject: Kievan "hatchet" notes for lilypond?
Date: Wednesday 29 November 2006 21:58
From: Monk Panteleimon <[hidden email]>
To: "Han-Wen Nienhuys" <[hidden email]>, [hidden email],
[hidden email], [hidden email]

Hello, developers of Lilypond.

I submitted to the lilypond-user list a queru regarding the possibilty of
adding symbols for kievan chant notation to lilyponds "feta" font.
I got no response, but thought I'd try the developers, specifically those
involved with older notations.

I have counted thirteen symbols that would need adding to lilypond's font
(presumably as "noteheads,"  with their stems included, two "dots" and
one "clef") in order to enable lilypond to imitate the Chant-books of the
Russian Orthodox Church. I have no idea how to make such characters, or how
to fit them into lilypond, so I'm asking this to be added as a sponsored
feature.

Being a monk I have no personal money, but if the lilypond-developers can
 give me an estimated cost of sponsorship for the addition of these symbols,
 then I believe that I may be able find several people interested enough to
 support the feature, even if they are not already lilypond-users. I am
 thinking of some Russian Chant enthusiasts and people already developing
 ways to digitally reproduce Russian Liturgical books.

I have attached 2 images, one extracted from a pdf-scan of a Russian Chant
book from 1909, another being someone's attempt to reproduce this using a ttf
that is typed in to a word-processor. It should be obvious which is which. If
you like I can point out the short-comings of the ttf version.
I can also tell you what the symbols are and point you to some online
explanations of this simple notation, although I would warn you that there
are two practices of interpreting the durations of these notes, of which
practices the less accurate is the more common.

If for some reason you are adverse to adding these symbols to lilypond's
vocabulary, please let me know.
You can download complete books in kievan notation in .pdf from this page:
http://www.seminaria.ru/raritet/quadsborn.htm

Thank you for your time.

Monk Panteleimon
Hermitage of the Holy Cross
Wayne, WV USA
[hidden email]
http://www.holycross-hermitage.com/
http://www.holycrosskliros.org/

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