In my current project, I’m experimenting with NotePerformer and the dynamics and humanization settings. A sticking point is the way slurs are viewed in Dorico, and the effect that has on string parts (with bowings). Dorico shortens the final note of a slurred passage, which doesn’t perfectly track with the way string players actually phrase things (e.g. sometimes an accompaniment will be bowed in a regular pattern, but the overall style is legato throughout). The issue compounds with NotePerformer, because the gap causes the next note to have a great agogic accent. There’s probably music where this default would fit perfectly and sound great, but this isn’t one of them.
Is there a way to adjust the automatic shortening of notes at the end of slurs? I’m realizing now I can manually alter it in the piano roll, but that would be a lot of tedious work. Some kind of global adjustment is what I’m looking for. I’ve played with all kinds of settings in the note lengths in playback options, especially the accent downbeat option, which would seem to apply. At 0.0, the accent is reduced but still very noticeable. I’ve definitely narrowed it down to this slur shortening business.
Attached is a dorico file and pdf in a single .zip, and an mp3 of vln I. The “agogic accent” I’m talking about begins in measure 4.
My playback options for the attached mp3 are:
Length - default notes 90, tenuto 95, legato 105, humanize start position of notes 10,
Dynamics - beat stress on downbeat 0, beat stress other beats 0, humanize written dynamic 10.
NB: For Prokofiev lovers, please excuse the added tempo and articulations in the score. Just experimenting with playback .
Prokofiev 5 dorico and pdf.zip (788 KB)
CUT DOWN Prokofiev 5 - III - III Violin I.mp3.zip (1.57 MB)