I’m having a curious problem I can’t seem to fathom. I’m not even sure that I can explain it to enable fixers in the forum to help me. I composed a work titled “Canticle of the Three Marys” for orchestra, three female soloists [GM 053 Choir Aahs], and chorus SATB [Legato Oo]. Since most churches have no readily available orchestra, I am working on a version with piano reduction. Everything is working fine and well engraving-wise, but playback is doing something I can’t understand.
When the piece starts, the Alto soloist is “mf” dynamic above a chorus singing a sustained ah at “mp.” The balance is good and steady. At m. 39 the piano comes in and the chorus has a rest of 16 mms., returning at “f.” What should rock the house with a Handelian forte chorus sound barely comes across as a whisper. The only way I can hear it is to turn the mixer completely up and type “ffff” into the dynamic popover, and even then, it is still just barely audible. I can’t figure out why.
Any suggestions? I’m on my third week using Dorico and haven’t run into this problem.