Classes for searching for Lyric objects.


class StreamType | None = None)

An object that can find lyrics that match a certain regular expression and return relevant information about the match.

Construct the LyricSearcher by passing in a Stream object (it can be a Score or Part or other nested item), and then call “.search()” on it.

See User’s Guide, Chapter 28, Lyric Searching for full details.

TODO: Bug that occasionally the previous note will be included; Search luca/gloria for

“riam tuam.” (From Gloriam tuam). For some reason, the whole “Gloria” is included. Does not occur if only “iam tuam.” is searched.

TODO: allow for all intermediate notes during a search to be found.


TODO: allow for trailing melismas to also be included.

TODO: Note that because of recursive searching w/ voices, there may be “phantom” lyrics

found if a work contains multiple voices.

LyricSearcher read-only properties


Returns the text that has been indexed (a la, assembleLyrics()):

>>> p0 = corpus.parse('luca/gloria').parts[0]
>>> ls = search.lyrics.LyricSearcher(p0)
>>> ls.indexText[0:25]
'Et in terra pax hominibus'

LyricSearcher methods

LyricSearcher.index(s=None) list[]

A method that indexes the Stream’s lyrics and returns the list of IndexedLyric objects.

This does not actually need to be run, since calling .search() will call this if it hasn’t already been called.

>>> from pprint import pprint as pp
>>> p0 = corpus.parse('luca/gloria').parts[0]
>>> ls = search.lyrics.LyricSearcher(p0)
>>> pp(ls.index()[0:5])
[IndexedLyric(el=<music21.note.Note C>, start=0, end=2, measure=1,
     lyric=<music21.note.Lyric number=1 syllabic=single text='Et'>, text='Et',
 IndexedLyric(el=<music21.note.Note D>, start=3, end=5, measure=2,
     lyric=<music21.note.Lyric number=1 syllabic=single text='in'>, text='in',
 IndexedLyric(el=<music21.note.Note F>, start=6, end=9, measure=2,
     lyric=<music21.note.Lyric number=1 syllabic=begin text='ter'>, text='ter',
 IndexedLyric(el=<music21.note.Note F>, start=9, end=11, measure=3,
     lyric=<music21.note.Lyric number=1 syllabic=end text='ra'>, text='ra',
 IndexedLyric(el=<music21.note.Note A>, start=12, end=15, measure=3,
     lyric=<music21.note.Lyric number=1 syllabic=single text='pax'>, text='pax',
  • Changed in v6.7: indexed lyrics get an identifier., s=None) list[]

Return a list of SearchMatch objects matching a string or regular expression.

>>> import re
>>> p0 = corpus.parse('luca/gloria').parts[0]
>>> ls = search.lyrics.LyricSearcher(p0)
[SearchMatch(mStart=3, mEnd=3, matchText='pax', els=(<music21.note.Note A>,),
                indices=[...], identifier=1)]

Search a regular expression that takes into account non-word characters such as commas

>>> agnus = re.compile(r'agnus dei\W+filius patris', re.IGNORECASE)
>>> sm =
>>> sm
[SearchMatch(mStart=49, mEnd=55, matchText='Agnus Dei, Filius Patris',
                els=(<music21.note.Note G>,...<music21.note.Note G>), indices=[...],
>>> sm[0].mStart, sm[0].mEnd
(49, 55)


class, start, end, measure, lyric, text, identifier, absoluteStart, absoluteEnd)

A Lyric that has been indexed to its attached element and position in a Stream.

IndexedLyric bases

IndexedLyric methods


see docs for SortTuple for what this does

IndexedLyric instance variables


the end position in all the lyrics


the position, not in the current identifier, but in all the lyrics


the element that the lyric is attached to


Suppose that the entire lyric for the stream were a single string: this is the index of the position in the string that this lyric ends at.


The identifier of the lyric


The Lyric object itself


The measureNumber of the measure that the element is in in the stream. Same as .el.measureNumber


Suppose that the entire lyric for the stream were a single string: this is the index of the position in the string that this lyric starts at.


The text of the lyric as a string.


class, mEnd, matchText, els, indices, identifier)

A lightweight object representing the match (if any) for a search.

SearchMatch bases

SearchMatch instance variables


A list of all lyric-containing elements that matched this text.


The identifier of (presumably all, but at least the first) lyric to match.


A list of IndexedLyric objects that match.


The measureNumber of the measure that the last matching lyric is in.


The measureNumber of the measure that the first matching lyric is in.


The text of the lyric that matched the search. For a plaintext search, this will be the same as the search term, but for a regular expression search this will be the text that matched the regular expression.