Summary of GABC

Summary of GABC v5


  1. Martin Senftleben
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    I’m looking for a way to produce note bars (no idea how they are called). What I mean is:
    when singing psalms, there are usually many syllables sung on a single note, and I don’t want this note to be printed for everay syllable, but as a long note that stretches over the entire text that’s sung on this one note. How is that possible? Or: is there anywhere a full reference of GABC, preferably as pdf?



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      As far as I know this isn’t possible with Gregorio. You could ask at for it to be added.


    • Ir. Tomás
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      You can use the “white” neume. It is used to imply many syllables with the same ‘note’. just add r to the gabc notation

    • atanacio
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      note+r …example: (hr) note wite

    • Lincoln
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      You can use the symbol with “R” : ex: t{e}xt sung in one note(gR)
      The brackets { } will align the note with the first letters of the text.

  2. Jan Go-ski
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    Full reference of gabc and Gregorio program you can find at: . Look for release of Gregorio program you use and download file GregorioRef-x_y_z.pdf, where x_y_z is your release number. For newest release filename is GregorioRef.pdf.
    In this file you find “Appendix A Font Glyph Tables”. Table A.1 contains list of all font glyphs and gabc code to obtain it.

  3. Radulphus
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    GregoBase is wonderful! But how can I open GABC with MAC and OpenOffice oder other program without finding a lot of strange chiffres in the text?

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      GABC is text with “strange chiffres”. If you want a picture, choose eps or png instead.

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    I’m trying to do bold text for certain parts to encourage the congregation to join in some of the chants, but I get “syntax Error” when trying to generate pdf. I’m putting either side of the phrase like this – what am I doing wrong?

  5. Janis
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    This is probably a common question, but is there a way to force a line break in the notation in Gregorio? I’ve been searching, but this appears to be a missing feature in the online editors I’m finding. 🙁 Any help would be appreciated!

    • Christophorus
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      (z) or (Z) They do slightly different things. There’s also a (0) or (1) that tweaks it further.

    • Veaceslav
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      try to put (Z)

    • David
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      Use Z or z within brackets.

  6. Nancy Pilar
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    Muchas gracias…es muy útil. justo lo buscaba las partitura del canto gregoriano y me encontré con un tesoro. Gracias Gracias,,,,

  7. Sr Michaela
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    I’m adding the hymns of the “Bernardine hymnal”, the 2d cistercian hymnal. Would you please add as source:
    “Badische Landesbibliothek Karlsruhe, Hymnarium cisterciense – Lichtenthal 28”
    and I’ve a problem with the Westmalle Hymnarium because we don’t have the 1909 edition, only the 1952’s one, and pages are different so I leave that field blank. If you know an online resource where I can find the pages, please let me know – or is it better add the 1952 as another source?
    thanks a lot

  8. Stephen Thudium
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    Is there software that will play the music that is written in GABC? I am familiar with the Square Note: Gregorian Chant app that was released by the Oblates of St. Joseph in 2017. It plays from a list of over 600 pre-stored chants, but does not read GABC.

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    The JavaScript-based JGABC can compile/render GABC code

  10. Father Bruno
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    Good morning.

    I have in a Word file some musical notes from the mass that was sent to me. When I open the file, it gets disconnected and many strange characters come out telling me that I don’t have the font or character to read the notes. I have already installed 7 possible lyrics fonts for Gregorian, but the original text is still not identified. You know a program or character to read those notes and the file is complete for printing.

    I will be grateful in advance for your answer.

    Father Bruno

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