Dashed ties across system break

This tie is not maintaining the dash style (set in the properties panel) after the system break.

Okay, I realised it’s because of the downbeat half note rest in bar 16, I guess behaviour of ties between non-adjacent notes is undefined. I’ll just use a slur for this case then instead.

You may well find that if you select the second half of the tie in Engrave mode you can set its Style property as you want to.

I have tried it now and you can tie two notes separated by a rest. What does this mean musically? Why does Dorico even allow this, when it is so particular about doing rests properly for you? Is my musical education lacking? I’ve not seen this before. Happy to be illuminated.

Hi Andro, it doesn’t mean anything in performance, its use here is purely pedagogical–we use it to indicate the preparation of a dissonance, but since it is separated by a rest we consider this a weaker preparation (thus the use of the dashed style), but still more prepared than an unprepared dissonance.

Thanks for the suggestion, but I tried it and it still didn’t work. I’ll just stick with a dashed slur for now.

Then is it not a phrasing or editorial type of slur, not a tie? Of course they look the same, but the idea of it being a tie hit me as very strange. I’m still not sure why Dorico allows this, since generally Dorico forcibly prevents one from making a lot of musical mistakes.

My first goto was to try using the tie because for properly prepared dissonances we do use the tie. But I see where you’re coming from, it makes sense to use a slur instead if we’re being strict on the usage of a tie.

There are legitimate cases where the first notehead in a tie chain does not abut the next note in a tie chain. Dorico needs to be able to do so. A couple of recognisable real world examples:


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Correct me if I am wrong, but these examples do not have rests between the tied notes, which is what I have never seen. Does not make sense. How can a tied note have silence in the middle? It would imply a second attack.