2.4.1 Setting simple songs

Music Glossary: lyrics.

Here is the start of the melody to a nursery rhyme, Girls and boys come out to play:

\relative c'' {
  \key g \major
  \time 6/8
  d4 b8 c4 a8 d4 b8 g4
}

[image of music]

The lyrics can be set to these notes, combining both with the \addlyrics keyword. Lyrics are entered by separating each syllable with a space.

<<
  \relative c'' {
    \key g \major
    \time 6/8
    d4 b8 c4 a8 d4 b8 g4
  }
  \addlyrics {
    Girls and boys come out to play,
  }
>>

[image of music]

Note the curly brackets delimiting both the music and the lyrics, and the double angle brackets << ... >> around the whole piece to show that the music and lyrics are to occur at the same time.


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