Cues: printed concurrently
A tradition in musical theatre writing is that the piano/keyboard pit part will often incorporate a vocal line as an almost continuous cue. Happily, I found that Dorico handles this cueing situation. However, some issues could be improved to speed up input, and there is one issue with no obvious workaround.
Ideally I would want to include one continuous cue for bb66-73 (see Example with fewest cues); in reality I had to use five separate cues (see Example). To achieve the appearance of this passage in one cue I would suggest flexibility on
(1) Unwanted rests. Hide specific rests within the cue part – e.g. b67, crotchet rest; b68, crotchet and quaver rests.
(2) Adapting to 8ve lines in the part. Ignore the 8ve line – b69, crotchet A.
(3) Different octave transpositions within a single cue. The vocal cue is transposed two octaves higher until b70 when it drops to one octave higher on the second crotchet.
The issue I couldn’t resolve concerns the stem direction of the cue occurring in a stave where the keyboard part has crossed to another stave, i.e. leaving a blank stave (b82 & b84). The obvious option is to use the property panel for the cue and force the stems in one direction. However, this option fails to work in this situation.
Cues: stem direction changes at specific points
Harp cue in bb74-5. As originally printed, the cue in b75 should have stems up. I could have two cues and force the stem direction separately, but then I can’t include the slur. As a single cue, the slur exists, but I cannot change stem directions at a specific point.
- Allow the cue label at the start of notes rather than at the start of rests, b73 vocal entry.
- Allow deletion of laissez vibrer slurs, b76.
- b93, third crotchet: forced stem direction does not work. Cue-related?