Figured bass (dashes and crosses)

Good morning,
I would like to know the way, in the figured bass popover, to input dashed figures (meaning a diminished interval) and crosses (meaning the leading tone), similar to the caption:
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Thank you very much!

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You can enter a minus in the popover before or after the number for a diminished interval; and a plus for an augmented one.

However, the design of the figure will depend upon the font. Most fonts use the slash to indicate augmentation, though a combined 4+ symbol is common.


In the absence of a font with this design, you might have to use text/lyrics.

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I’m afraid you’re looking after the kind of french figured bass I have learned to use back in the Conservatoire. I already made a request to be able to input those (especially the + for the leading tone) as figured bass…

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On further inspection: there is support for augmented symbols on 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9; but only support for diminished symbols on 2, 5 and 7.

So you could design a font to display +2, +4, +5, +6, +7, +9, and /2, /5, and /7.

(This is with the Engraving Option to use slashed symbols for both diminished and augmented forms.)

If you can think of a good name, I could produce a font with these symbols fairly easily.

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How about “basse chiffrée”? Half kidding here :wink:
I’d rather have the team provide an option for this, actually…


see this :

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Here’s what I’ve been able to do: so most of the augmented intervals can be displayed with a plus; but only 5 and 7 can be displayed with diminished slashes. (4.2 KB)

I’ve called the font “Chiffree”. Apologies for not using the accent, but I’m not convinced about using extended characters in a font name.


Actually, the + is not showing an augmented interval. It shows where the leading tone is. For instance, a dominant chord in its fundamental state is notated 7 with a + under it (because the third of the chord is the leading tone).
We then would need to be able to put the + wherever we need. And sharps and flats are used before the figures when needed.

So it indicates the 7th of the key, not the chord, every time?

It’ll probably have to be done like Figurato for now.

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