[MEI-L] Anacrusis measures

Craig Sapp craigsapp at gmail.com
Tue Mar 1 21:53:05 CET 2016

Hi David et al.,

I encode anacrusis measures in MEI like this:

     <measure n="0" left="invis" complete="i">
      <staff n="1">
       <layer n="1">
        <note pname="d" oct="4" dur="2"/>

Where measure at complete="i" means that it is not a completely full measure,
and measure at left="invis" is perhaps not necessary, but insinuates that it
is the last part of an incomplete measure.  Comments on how to do properly
or how @type="upbeat" works with this encoding or not would be good to

For type="upbeat" how would that related to the second half of a measure
which is split by a repeat sign?

Is there an attribute for measures which says that the metric positions are
filled from the end of the measure rather than the front (notice that this
example has a half-note in it.  If the meter is 4/4, then that is not
strictly an "upbeat" since it would be an "uptwobeat" measure.


On 1 March 2016 at 12:02, David Rizo @ gmail <drizovalero at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> while encoding pickup measures I’ve found that the Sibelius to MEI plugin
> does not use any kind of notation for them, however I’ve found some
> examples among the samples in github (
> https://github.com/music-encoding/music-encoding/tree/MEI_dev/samples/MEI2013/),
> e.g. Opera.mei, that encode it using:
> <measure n="0" xml:id="m0" *type=“upbeat"*>
> How should I encode anacrusis measures=
> Thank you in advance,
> David
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