Correct me if I’m wrong, but in the context of a divisi not actually changing there is currently no way to hide any empty divisi staves for a temporary time? Though this functionality used to be present, it was removed in Dorico 2.1 or 2.2 sometime?
For example, consider a contrived situation of two soli violins (solo divisions drawn from the first stand), then second stand and a third stand as section divisi. Let’s say at some point, the division of players remains the same, but only third stand is playing for ages. An additional three staves in the score or the part is extraneous, since they neither play nor need even be present to clarify the division.
Unnecessary Empty Divisi:
So far I have attempted a few work arounds, one which simply does not work and one which is very frustrating.
- If one tried to “hide” these staves by using “Remove Staff”, it looks beautiful! But, for Section Players, you cannot Create Staff above or below, so there’s no way to get the appropriate staff count back. Once you’re at this point, you can no longer Restore Unison either without some unusual effects…
- Now, most things I’ve read on the forum suggest changing the divisi. First, a mere semantic point, but the divisi hasn’t actually changed. It’s just not necessary to show empty material, nor does its placement clarify the divisi in general. But, I digress. Let’s try and hide divisi staves by changing the divisi. If this occurs at a system break, this looks wonderful! Though, this then interferes with one of the core tenets of how Dorico accomplishes divisi—it shouldn’t have to occur at a system break.
Hiding by Divisi:
If I need reformat the page for some reason…the second system looks great still, but the point of divisi change is confusing and does not actually reflect the material, because the program is forcing a divisi change where semantically one is not actually present.
Certainly that’s the better of the two work arounds currently, but it’s such a backwards way to achieve what should be a fairly straight forward process. Is there some plan in the future to allow more manipulation of the hiding of divisi staves? I understand that in some contexts it would not be clear, but there are plenty of situations where piles of empty divisi simply aren’t necessary.