at the moment I am on tour, using Dorico Elements 2 on my laptop.
As already known, Elements has no Engraving Mode - still a few Engraving options can be imposed:
System Break and Frame Break via the Write Menu.
Also I noticed, I can put an articulation onto the last note of a tie if I Untie the notes first, input the articulation onto the last note and then tie the notes again: the articulation will stay at it’s place (good news :).
But I encounter an issue with ties, when I have another voice in that stave: one of the stems might flip to the opposite side and can’t be put back, neither through the Property Panel nor through a Forced Stem Menu…
In these cases it seems the file does have to be opened in Dorico Pro a just to fix the stem.
Ben, can you select a stem of a tied note in Dorico Pro?
I can select the tied note (both noteheads and the tie are highlighted), but I can not select a stem. This is, why the stem menu has no effect. I tried Untying, then forcing the second stem down via the stem menu; but after I re-tie the stem flips up again…
 the reason for this misbehaviour (bug) might be the first voice being moved to the staff above.
Actually, does this really improve legibility? I think I’d prefer keeping the first voice on the left hand staff. The pitches are quite obvious from the context, and crossing the staff induces disturbance: those flipped stems, and the eye has to move up and down again… just a spontaneous thought (that you have not asked for, so feel free to ignore it).
A pianist would probably like the cross stave notation, it is easier to sight read.
And sight reading is on what you build a performance.
I am reproducing/copying an original score, I’d like to keep the original way of notation.
I agree that’s the case, but clarity for the performer should always be the first principle! I dislike engraving choices that favor aesthetics over legibility (not that the above example was really confusing per se).
Regarding changing the stem direction of all notes in a chain of ties in Write mode, this is planned but not yet implemented, so it can’t be done in Elements as it requires selecting each note in the tie chain independently in Engrave mode.
Excellent point! Do not underestimate the importance of the relative position of notes for sight-reading! Try reading notes that are written in some antique clef you’re not used to and you’ll see what I mean!
Also, when in doubt I’d always try to keep the notation as simple and ‘usual’ as possible. Music notation, though intricate and potentially beautiful, is first and foremost a form of communication, and as such it is most successful when it doesn’t draw attention to itself. In many cases (including this one) I’d consider single cross-staff notes or chords a ‘rather serious interference into the normality of notation’ and I would try to avoid them unless there are very good reasons to use them.
Having said that… discussing this without knowing the larger context of these bars seems a bit pointless to me. Perhaps there are good reasons for using cross staff notes elsewhere (e.g. complicated chord changes) — and breaking an established notation pattern could be considered a serious interference just as well.
People used to write keyboard music that way on pre-printed manuscript paper, because the staves were too close together to do anything else.
And seeing the difference between the original and ossia versions isn’t made any easier by inconsistent cross stave notes, either!
(And why is the A on the second beat of the last bar cross-staffed differently from everything else? Is the composer trying to notate something musically significant to the performer, or is it just an accident?)
That isn’t a reason to perpetuate the “tradition” just because a notation program can also do it, IMHO.
K_b, that particular excerpt of Tchaikovsky is a piece of cake to sight read (I’m a concert pianist) EXCEPT there’s a mistake - there shouldn’t be a treble clef before the second beat! (Edit: it should be before the third beat. I agree about not dividing it quite the way it’s divided, but it’s still clear and pianists do tend to just kind of merge multiple staves together and comprehend it all as one thing.)