I’ve prepared a musical theater rehearsal score in Dorico. It’s just piano and character voices – nearly 300 pages – and it looks absolutely fantastic.
Our new music director (upon first glance of the score) has requested that I place the chord symbols “in between” the staves of the piano when using a grand staff, and above the staff when using only one staff for the piano (i.e. - chords over slashes). Currently, the chord symbols are always ‘above’ the piano staff. (Personally, I don’t want to change a thing – but I’m trying to accommodate.)
I’ve found Dorico has a global option for displaying chords for grand staff instruments ‘in between’ the staves. However, invoking this option forces the piano in my score to appear as a grand-staff globally even when a single staff is preferred. In other words, this option is adding 40 pages of empty bass clef to my score, and this is something neither of us want.
Is there a practical way in Dorico to offer this music director what he’s asking for? I’m not going to manually reposition all the chords in Engrave Mode or split the piano part between two instruments to accommodate his request. I have my limits. Any suggestions? Should I tell him, “not gonna happen.”