I am starting the biggest part of my piece and I would like use specific aleatoric technique.
See the example:
One section of the ensemble will have stantard parts. They will be conducted. The second section (quite big) will have many short aleatoric structures, which will apper for the conductor’s gesture. Every aleatoric structure will have it’s own approximate tempo.
I have plan to make additional flow just to notate all this aleatoric structures, and then use music frames. Before I started, it seemed to be very easy, that’s why I told somewhere, that this is one of the most powerfull features of Dorico. I can’t imagine to do it e.g. in Finale.
But I’ve just started and I’ve already some problems with it.
When I am making music frames, they are to short horisontally to display properties, like “frame chain”, “frame order”, “filter by player”, etc. I can’t put it in right position immediately, but I have to make wide frame and then shorten it. It seems to be not important problem, but imagine, that I will have sometimes 1-12 music frames – next to each other from left to righ, very short horisontally, but very long verticaly – in one page. It’s really time-consuming to create it. It will be good, if I could see this properties no matter how big is the frame. It should zoom in/out together with frame (or zooming the screen).
I thought, that it’s very easy to make many frames in short time, but the computer needs relatively long time to create frame in big score and then, when I am changing to proper frame chain, to load again different flow. It will be good, if I could do all properties before Dorico will display the notes. To have button “display content”. It will save the CPU power.
Is it a way to tell Dorico which frame chain it should display by default in music frame? Now I have to manually change every aleatoric structure to this “aleatoric flow”
Because this aleatoric structures appears between the other – standard - parts (in the middle of the page), I have to manually move down some staves and make gap between top staves nad bottom staves to input the aleatoric structures. And if I will compose one more standard part (e.g. add new melody to one of the instruments), I have to do it again. That’s ok, but… I can’t apply “copy staff spacing” to other Pages, just because Dorico do it only, when on page there are same amount of systems. Of course because I have this second, aleatoric, layer, I can’t have the same amount of systems. But I have only one main system in every page and I want to have the same Staff spacing. How to avoid doing it manually in every page? I want to tell Dorico, that this “copy Staff spacing” refers only to my main frame chain.
This idea assumes, that in fact I am composing two different paralell pieces. I am using different flow for aleatoric structures, but put it on a same page, as my “obbligato” section. Thats why it is good to have possibility to define separately the parameters, which are now in general layout options, especially: “vertical spacing” and “staves and system”. I have to have flexibility with e.g. staff labels, casting off, hide empty staves, etc. Now I have to e.g. manually change size in every staff and I am still wondering what to do with staff labels in this aleatoric part
It would be good to have “show border”, like in text frames.
And that’s just beginning of my work. I don’t know what kind of problems I will have to face in the future.
I am still wondering, if the way of using music frames will be the best for my idea. This will be really big score. Maybe I will have to create hundreds of short aleatoric structures, that’s why I mentioned about the time the computer need to have to create one music frame. If you will think, that I have to do it 200 times, it’s really time consuming.
Is it good idea to start working like this? I am a little bit afraid, because if I will start and spend a lot of hours, it would be pity to realise, that it is dead-end street
One more example to point 5. It just have come to my mind. I am composing the music directly in Dorico, I don’t use handwriting. So this is very hard to switch the flow every time I want to compose aleatoric structure and put it in main score. But there is a way to write „obbligato” and aleatoric sections in the same time, on one page. I could create music frame for aleatoric part with empty bars and in Page view, in Write mode, I can input both sections and see both in the same time (in Galley view there aren’t music frames). But… the only problem is, that I have to turn off „hide empty staves”. But this option belongs to „layout options” and it’s global. So I can’t have it turn on in my main frame chain and turn off in aleatoric structures.