While working on a symphonic wind band arrangement, I stumbled on multiple condensing issues (using the Dorico 3 Condensing feature). All of them can be traced back to the same thing, I think.
The issue: I’d like to have condensed the Bassoon 1, Bassoon 2 and Contrabassoon parts in the full score to just one staff. The notated parts of the Bassoon 2 and Contrabassoon are almost identical (same notated pitch). When condensing, the Contrabassoon part is notated one octave lower.
I understand Dorico uses the transposition of the first instrument (please correct me if I’m wrong) of the custom condensing group, so the behaviour is as designed. What I’m hoping to achieve is one staff with the Bassoon 1 part, the Bassoon 2 part plus a label ‘+ C.Bsn’ (or something like that).
The same issue I’m having is with the Bass Clarinet and Contra Alt Clarinet and with the Piccolo and Flute.
Is there a way to let Dorico know to use the notated pitch when condensing dissimilar instruments?
When browsing through my paper wind band score archive, I’m seeing this practice a lot. It gives the score a much cleaner look (in my opinion).