I apologize if this topic has been covered previously. I was unable to google myself to any relevant posts anyhow, so here we go.
I’m putting together a rudimentary Oktoberfest-arrangement that can be reduced to 7-8 unique parts. I’d like to make the arrangement flexible when it comes to ensemble composition, in essence making sure that there are no parts missing when lacking entire instrument groups (like for example when the trombone group gets distracted by a pub on the way to the gig).
The clef and transposition overrides in Dorico 3.5 makes the transpositions and such super robust, but i’m still doing some hacks to make this work. The setup is as follows:
Part 1 (melody)
Part 2 (sub-melody)
Part 3:5 (off-beat)
Part 6 (bass)
Part 7 (chords)
Part 8 (Drums)
So far i’ve had to select players for each part (e.g. part 1 = violin, part 2 = euphonium etc.). Transposition goes super smoothly (creating mirrored layouts for Bb, Eb etc.). I’ve had some hazzle with the details though. I’m naming each player to its respective part, but also have to rename the instrument to make it show up on the page (edit: in the score). Also, when the “reference” instrument is a Bb instrument, this also quite needlessly shows up in the score. Lastly, having to change the name so many places feels like a bit of hazzle.
I’ve managed to create generic parts, but might also want to create mirrored parts for named instruments (e.g. violin as the natural master part being called Clarinet in the Bb part). How can i achieve this?
I have found no way to control fitting of the mirrored part to the range of alternative instruments. Is this possible to nodify selected notes or sections (e.g. notate out-of-range ones an octave above, while keeping the rest as they are) while keeping the link to the master part?
If any of you guys have experience with this or have some additional tips and tricks in general that i haven’t thought of, it would also be most welcome. I have usually written for more comprehensive ensembles, and this is my first time making a product like this.