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Paradigm(s) declarative
Designed by User:Corbin
Appeared in 2011
Dimensions one-dimensional
Computational class Unknown
Reference implementation [1]
File extension(s) {{{files}}}

Lye is a declarative language for musical expressions. It is inspired by a feature of the LilyPond toolchain which renders musical expressions to MIDI files.


Lye's syntax is a strict subset of LilyPond which has no computational content. Notably, it lacks embedded Scheme. Supported features include:

  • Notes
    • Pitches
    • Accidentals
    • Octaves
    • Durations
    • Ties
  • Rests
  • Chords
  • Voices
  • Dynamics
  • Tuplets
  • Drums mode
  • Relative mode