Topic Condensing divisi and brackets reminds me that I’d like to submit the following FR:
In Layout Options / Brackets and Braces you can choose to use secondary brackets for instruments of the same kind within a bracketed group. This is very useful for e.g. woodwind in non-condensed passages.
But it is (in my view) not applicable to the normally very distinct Violin I and II groups, and it gets especially cumbersome if either (or both) groups have extra staves due to divisis. Then it becomes very unclear which staff belongs to whom. It would be better if both violin groups would behave separately, or at least to have an extra option to not join V I+II by secondary brackets by default, and only give them their own secondary brackets in case of divisi.
For a conductor, the main 5-staff string bracket on the bottom of an orchestral score is a safe reference point, it doesn’t need the secondary bracket for V I+II to tell her the people on the upper two staves all play the violin. No one considers them to be one big group of violins that happens to be split remarkably often. They are really two groups, often even sitting opposite each other, and each group should get their own sub-brackets, when needed.
Additional, and related, FR:
Currently, secondary brackets are shown on staves with the very same instruments, e.g. two staves of horns. I would like to extend this automatic bracketing to doubling instruments of the same family: flute with piccolo, oboe with English horn, bassoon with contrabassoon etc. After all, it’s often the same players that play the regular instrument a few pages earlier or later. And even if they don’t, they are ‘family’.
Both these features would vastly reduce the need to insert custom bracketing changes, which, TBH, I find a bit clumsy now, as you can only adjust them on actual system breaks — or maybe I’m doing it wrong… I would prefer to be able to insert a bracketing change anywhere (ideally only needed in exceptional cases), just like condensing changes inserted in the middle of a system often will effectuate on the next break only, be it manual or automatic.
Edit: This is exactly what Elaine Gould recommends (p. 518)
Edit 2: My apologies, I didn’t intend to actually bump, just wanted to add info I should have looked up right away…