Would be really nice if we have a native “attacca” mark as part of Dorico, which has a switchable option “on/off”, that is able to “attach” the playback between the flows, by bypassing the pause in between.
Currently the adding of “attacca” is possible through different workarounds, but just as a text option without any affect on the playback.
Interesting statement of yours
Most commonly, in the music, the attacca is used only to attach two movements, in other words to bypass the expected pause in between, which by it’s nature is unexpected enough.
Everything in the score should look clear, without unexpected things. If something unexpected (for the audience) should happen, it should be written and interpreted by the conductor. attacca doesn’t mean that something major in the music should happen on off-beat. Such musical events must be written on the score sheet.
Yes I know, most musicians (including me) read this as attached i.e. not much time to turn pages… but this discussion led me to consider about the actual meaning of attacca.
It has to do with the timing, like in a good drama play, a sudden movement, a sound, before (or not when) you expect it.