Ligatures are are sequences of notes attached to each other in mensural music. When notating the music in modern notation, typically a bracket will be placed over the separated notes to indicate that the group of notes were originally notated in a ligature.
*lig to start a ligature bracket, and
*Xlig to end a
ligature bracket in **kern data:
Coloration brackets can be displayed by using
*Xcol to mark the beginning and
ending of the coloration in an original mensuration notation of the score. Below
is a mensural notation excerpt of Ockeghem’s Missa Ecce ancilla domini, tenor part:
The black notes are colored, so marked with open brackets in the modern notation equivalent below.