Something else I found that has a neat story in it.
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The origin of the name lilypond
Subject: The origin of the name lilypond
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 10:54:39 +0200
Some days ago I read something interesting (and/or amusing)
about the origin of the name Lilypond.
What was the idea behind the name Lilypond?
Where can I read the (surprising?) story?
Would you add it to the preface (Documentation)?
I think it was in the docs for Lilypond but I cannot seem
to find it though I have been searching for two hours:
etc. etc. …
The reason for the choice of the name was beautiful and
a little surprising: Lilypond was a place of peace? But I
cannot find the reference.
Thank you for the beautiful documentation – which has been
improved a lot since I started with lilypond-1.6.
dax2-tele2adsl:dk — d-axel.dk/ Donald Axel
Re: The origin of the name lilypond
From: Pedro Kroger
Subject: Re: The origin of the name lilypond
Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2004 09:31:47 -0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.1006 (Gnus v5.10.6) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)
dax2 <address@hidden> writes:
> Some days ago I read something interesting (and/or amusing)
> about the origin of the name Lilypond.
> What was the idea behind the name Lilypond?
> Where can I read the (surprising?) story?
> Would you add it to the preface (Documentation)?
> I think it was in the docs for Lilypond but I cannot seem
> to find it though I have been searching for two hours:
How about the lilypond faq?
Why the weird name?
Han-Wen: I started Lily (our affectionate name for LilyPond) in
1996. Back then, I was in an amateur symphonic orchestra together with
Jan. I had a crush on this magnificent girl in the orchestra: her name
was Suzanne, she played both the flute and the cello, and (of course) I
thought she was very pretty.
At the time, Jan was dating Roos (Dutch for ‘Rose’ — she also played
the cello). I also knew about about a package Rosegarden (a GUI MIDI
sequencer and notation editor). When I found out that ‘Susan’ is Hebrew
for ‘lily’, I decided that calling the package ‘LilyPond’ would match
make the nomenclature of the rest of my life perfectly.
Some things don’t last—the two girls, the cellos and the orchestra,
all have disappeared from our lives. LilyPond however has survived over
time. It is a big, mature program with a healthy user-base and good
prospects. Best of all is, that we still have a good time hacking on it
Found on February 18, 2017 on http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/lilypond-user/2004-09/msg00089.html
Posted by Sam Sutlive on February 18, 2017 at 11:21am.