I’m a bit lost and not quite sure which would be the best solution to my problem.
I’m engraving a large score, it has auxiliary instruments for flute, oboe, and clarinet.
I’m working presently on the 1st movement, where the only auxiliary I need is piccolo (the 2nd flute goes back and forth between the two).
To have my piccolo staff be the top line of the score I made a separate piccolo staff, while flute 2 is the 3rd staff down, below the 1st flute.
my problem is if I try and condense the score, it condenses my 2nd flute staff into the 1st flute, while the piccolo is showing above. So I get a 2nd voice with rests in the combined flute part.
would I be better off leaving the piccolo/flute 2 part out completely of condensing, and simply hiding their staves where I don’t need them?
when I will get to a section with English horn, and then bass clarinet, will I be better off simply making an instrument change on the 2nd oboe/2nd clarinet staves, rather than having actual independent staves for those two auxiliary instruments?
because from the flute’s behaviour, I’m guessing that Dorico will show a staff for an independent cor anglais and bass clarinet and an empty voice with rests for the condensed oboes and clarinets staves.
I would like the horns to ALWAYS condense as horns 1 & 2 on one staff, and horns 3 & 4 on a second staff. Right now Dorico is doing a mish-mash of 1+2+3 on one staff with 4 on another, then back and forth and various versions of this.
it even has horns 1, 2 and 4 on one staff while horn 3 is on its own staff… in my opinion, this is completely unacceptable engraving practice.
I MAY end up, once the entire score has been entered, creating a new “player” for that 2nd flute/piccolo part. Something not included in the full score, just for the instrument parts. In which case I’d simply make flute2 and piccolo as one staff with instrument changes.
I guess that will be the safest way for me to get the look for the score and parts.