Okay, I’m not a professional composer so this may strike some of you as a crazy idea, but here goes. I’ve written several choral/orchestral scores and I’d like a way to create a reduction of the orchestral score to two or four hands on the piano for use in rehearsals and situations where an orchestra is not available. I’ve tried simply (but slowly) copying instruments from staff to staff with the “chords” mode on, which works, but is a) slow, (did I mention it was also slow?), and b) results in a messy staff. It would be really nice if there were some way to intelligently generate a reduction score that is a “best effort” at capturing the intent of the source score without all the messiness. I would always want to tweak the result, so I’m not looking for perfection here, just an informed attempt.
- don’t duplicate notes of the same pitch and duration
- be smart about adding voices to accommodate rhythm differences
- combining overlapping tied notes
- be smart about placement of notes across bass and treble clefs
You get the idea. I envision a feature were I select multiple staves and select “reduce to single” and seeing it happen automagically. I’m a software developer by trade, and it would be extremely cool if there were a way to allow me to build this functionality myself through some kind of plugin architecture. There you go, two feature requests for the price of one.
If there’s already a way to do this beyond simple (but slow) copy/paste, please, someone tell me.