It's simply a matter of coding it to be slightly bowed instead of flat. Setting the amount of bow-height would be subject to taste, but I think it wouldn't be hard to find a satisfactory default value.John Ruggero wrote:I bring it up again only because it could be interesting to see how LilyPond might modify flat areas to give them a very slight arch, which would make them more pleasing for those who prefer that style.
OCTO, I agree that my ties probably look a little too straight, even though I believe they are useful at times. The curved ends can be extended so the straight section is much shorter. Here's an example of a colleague of mine that uses my code to mimic SCORE's ties. The code doesn't do it perfectly, but it's not bad:
I will also look into what it takes to give the flat section a _slight_ bow to it. It's a great idea.
Very fine, indeed! Thank you for sharing that. I agree that a slight bow looks quite pleasant here.Here is an interesting example, taken somewhat at random from Chopin's Ballade no 4 (Breitkopf Complete Works). The long slur might appear to be a "straight line with two ends bending uniformly" (T. Ross) but comparison of the center area of the slur with the straight upper border of the example will show that this is not so. I see this tendency to avoid flat areas when possible in much fine engraving.