Hi! I am working on a relatively intricate choral score (though it’s all standard notation) and I have encountered a couple of small quirks in the way Dorico lays out the music automatically. In both cases, I know how to either force or fake the result I want, but I am hoping that some wiser soul than me on this forum can give me a hint about how to do it natively.
First, for horizontal spacing: in the attached image, the break in the hairpin is far too wide because Dorico makes space for the time signature and accidentals, and only continues the hairpin after the dynamic marking. This looks odd when there would be no collision anyway, especially on staves that don’t have any accidentals. I would like the left half of the hairpin to extend all the way up to ‘f’.
Second, for vertical spacing: if staff 1 has elements below it and staff 2 has elements above it, Dorico seems to think that it’s OK to interleave the two if there are gaps, in order to bring the staves closer together. (In the attached example, it interleaves lyric syllables on the staff above with dynamics on the staff below.) Of course I know I can correct this by changing the spacing between staves either individually or as a layout setting, but I shouldn’t really have to – is there any way to prevent this kind of interleaving behaviour?