D4.1 MusicXml export: Tenor parts (treble clef 8va basso) exported one octave too high

When exporting an example containing tenor part notated with treble clef 8va basso to musicxml, the resulting part seems to be generated one octave too high. Examining the musicxml reveals that the sounding tenor middle c is actually exported as

<pitch>
          <step>C</step>
          <octave>5</octave>
</pitch>

instead of

<pitch>
          <step>C</step>
          <octave>4</octave>
</pitch>

Any ideas or workarounds?

This is because Dorico’s default Tenor instrument is a ‘transposing’ instrument that sounds one octave lower than written pitch.

The alternative is to use the ‘other’ Tenor instrument (“Sounds as written”) in the instrument selector. However, you will then have to turn on “Respect Ottava Clefs” in Notation Options.

Of course, your workaround is just to change the value in the XML.

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Thank you, Benwiggy!
To turn on “Respect Ottava Clefs” in Notation Options solves the case for me.