Hi Karlin,

> I don't find advice on how to best handle it when multiple stanzas of
> shared lyrics diverge into a chorus of many separate ones at a point
> dozens of bars into the song.

There are various ways of handling it, each with pros and cons depending on (a) 
your experience with Lilypond, (b) whether you’re willing to do more work in 
the first phases in order to have easy maintenance later on, (c) etc.

> 1. Is there a better way to do this?

"Better" is relative, I suppose. Here's one pretty simple way that doesn’t 
require counting skips, but rather just copying+pasting the shared lyrics (n.b. 
this can be made even more simple and maintainable with variables, but I didn't 
want to add that complexity here):

\version "2.19.80"

omitLyrics = {
  \temporary \omit LyricText
  \temporary \omit LyricHyphen
  \temporary \omit LyricExtender
  \temporary \omit LyricSpace
}
showLyrics = {
  \undo \omit LyricText
  \undo \omit LyricHyphen
  \undo \omit LyricExtender
  \undo \omit LyricSpace
}

SopranoMusic = { e'4 f' g' a' | c''1 }
AltoMusic = { c'4 d' e' f' | g'2 g' }
TenorMusic = { a4 b c' d' | e'4 e' e' e' }
BassMusic = { c4 c c c | c8 c c c c c c c }

\score {
 \new ChoirStaff <<
   \new Staff = "women" {
     <<
       \new Voice = "soprano" { \voiceOne \SopranoMusic }
       \new Voice = "alto" { \voiceTwo \AltoMusic }
       \new NullVoice = "tenorwords" { \TenorMusic }
       \new NullVoice = "basswords" { \BassMusic }
       \new Lyrics \lyricsto "soprano" {
         All to -- geth -- er now
       }
       \new Lyrics \lyricsto "alto" {
         \omitLyrics All to -- geth -- er \showLyrics now now
       }
       \new Lyrics \lyricsto "tenorwords" {
         \omitLyrics All to -- geth -- er \showLyrics now now now now
       }
       \new Lyrics \lyricsto "basswords" {
         \omitLyrics All to -- geth -- er \showLyrics now now now now now now 
now now
       }
     >>
   }
   \new Staff = "men" {
     \clef bass
     <<
       \new Voice = "tenor" { \voiceOne \TenorMusic }
       \new Voice = "bass" { \voiceTwo \BassMusic }
     >>
   }
 >>
}

> Now, omitting the grobs - I'm thinking that means "make things
> disappear." The notes? The lyrics? Some other graphic object?

Hopefully the snippet above clarifies what I meant.

As I said, there are other ways of accomplishing the same visual effect. 
Perhaps one day I'll get around to putting together some tutorials/comparisons 
of all the different ways (he says, optimistic as always, but almost surely 
delusional as always).

Best,
Kieren.
________________________________

Kieren MacMillan, composer
‣ website: www.kierenmacmillan.info
‣ email: i...@kierenmacmillan.info


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