4.2.1 Setting the staff size

The default staff size is set to 20 points. This may be changed in two ways:

To set the staff size globally for all scores in a file (or in a book block, to be precise), use set-global-staff-size.

#(set-global-staff-size 14)

This sets the global default size to 14pt staff height and scales all fonts accordingly.

To set the staff size individually for each score, use

\score{
  ...
  \layout{
  #(layout-set-staff-size 15)
  }
}

The Feta font provides musical symbols at eight different sizes. Each font is tuned for a different staff size: at a smaller size the font becomes heavier, to match the relatively heavier staff lines. The recommended font sizes are listed in the following table:

font name

staff height (pt)

staff height (mm)

use

feta11

11.22

3.9

pocket scores

feta13

12.60

4.4

feta14

14.14

5.0

feta16

15.87

5.6

feta18

17.82

6.3

song books

feta20

20

7.0

standard parts

feta23

22.45

7.9

feta26

25.2

8.9

These fonts are available in any sizes. The context property fontSize and the layout property staff-space (in StaffSymbol) can be used to tune the size for individual staves. The sizes of individual staves are relative to the global size.

See also

Notation Reference: Selecting notation font size.

Snippets: Spacing.

Known issues and warnings

layout-set-staff-size does not change the distance between the staff lines.


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