I couldn’t find anything about this—even searching for unmetered, irregular, or unmeasured bars, but I’m notating something that has a long unmeasured introduction after which is a metered contrapuntal section. (Think French overture without all the dotted notes.) It’s a fantasie for baroque lute.
At the end of the free-flowing first section, I placed a double bar but found I couldn’t add bars after that by any of the usual methods. (I hope I don’t have to “define” this big unmeasured bar like I would have had to in S******* by creating a key signature such as 105/4 and then hiding it.) Is there some command that defines the end of a bar, regardless of how irregular it is? I had figured that adding a bar line—I’ve tried them all—would have told Dorico, “end of bar, back to normal,” but apparently not. I also tried adding bars at the end of the flow in the insert bars panel, but no luck.
Is this a situation in which I’d need to create the fugal part of the piece as a different flow?