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Workaround for \displaceHeads on notes with beams

The \displaceHeads command from LilyPond snippet 861 doesn’t work correctly with notes that have beams – it removes the beam, probably due to a LilyPond bug (see here for details). This version can be used instead – it’s not as correct (the width of the beam is hard-coded), but it seems to work. (Only use it if you’re actually affected by this problem, of course, otherwise stick with the original!)

#(define ((shift offsets) grob)
"Defines how NoteHeads should be moved according to the given list of offsets."
(let* (
;; NoteHeads
;; Get the NoteHeads of the NoteColumn
(note-heads (ly:grob-array->list (ly:grob-object grob 'note-heads)))
;; Get their durations
(lambda (note-head-grobs)
(ly:grob-property note-head-grobs 'duration-log))
;; Get the stencils of the NoteHeads
(lambda (note-head-grobs)
(ly:grob-property note-head-grobs 'stencil))
;; Get their length in X-axis-direction
(lambda (x)
(let* ((stencil (ly:grob-property x 'stencil))
(stencil-X-exts (ly:stencil-extent stencil X))
(stencil-lengths (interval-length stencil-X-exts)))
;; Final Calculation for moving the NoteHeads
(lambda (nh nh-x-length off)
(if (= off 0)
(ly:grob-translate-axis! nh (* off (- nh-x-length 0.065)) X)))
note-heads stencils-x-lengths offsets)))
displaceHeads =
#(define-music-function (parser location offsets) (list?)
Moves the NoteHeads, using (shift offsets)
\once \override NoteColumn.before-line-breaking = #(shift offsets)
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