I’ve a score where Violins I (12) and Violins II (12) split in three groups (3x8) in some passages.
How to notate it? The manuscript simply replaces the two Vni I (12) and Vni II (12) staves with three Vni (8, 8, 8) staves. How the violins are split is always clear (you can see where they go when the grouping return to Vni I + Vni II). But I wonder if I should leave all as in the manuscript, or notate it as I think the standard two groups would split.
Should I interpret the manuscript, or closely follow the original notation? Is this notation how it was really intended (and not a shortcut to write faster), and it is the conductor who will then arrange each members of the two Vni sections?
If I’ll leave all as in the original manuscript, how would you do? I’m thinking to add three Violin players and staves, completely separated from the ones in the standard Vni I + Vni II setup.