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Designed to mimic an old moveable typeset, this font is based off a set of symbols found in the (non-music) typesetting book Buchgewerbliches Hilfsbuch, by Otto Säuberlich, Verlag Oscar Brandstetter, Leipzig.

Font Details

Font Usage

To use the font globally, put the following (minimal) code at the top of your .ly file:

\paper { #(define fonts (set-global-fonts #:music "gutenberg1939" #:brace "gutenberg1939" #:factor (/ staff-height pt 20) )) }

NOTE: The #:factor (/ staff-height pt 20) argument is only needed if you are working at staff-height other than 20pt.


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All fonts here can be downloaded, used commercially, given to your friends, etc. as much as you want, (but not re-sold) in accordance with the respective font licenses. They are distributed WITHOUT WARRANTY of any kind. They have been prepared, packaged, and provided by Abraham Lee. All fonts were designed to be compatible with LilyPond 2.18.2, which means they may not work in earlier versions of LilyPond. Each font supports every glyph in version 2.18.2 (including the shape-note and ancient notation styles). If a font isn't working, or you'd like to create/suggest a new one, please contact Abraham with details, particularly the LilyPond version you are using and the context of what you are trying to do.

This page was last updated on: February 7, 2015