I am transcribing a score into Dorico. Since I’m (still) not very good at Dorico I transcribed everything into Sibelius, exported an XML file, and imported that into Dorico.
It looks pretty good, but here’s the rub. The organization for whom I am doing this uses a very specific template / house style. How can I easily import this house style into my own Dorico session? I can think of two ways:
Import the house style the way you would do this in Sibelius, but I believe this doesn’t work in Dorico, does it?
Just simply copy and paste everything staff by staff. I tried that but when I select everything in a staff, and then copy and paste it, it only copies the notes (not dynamics, technique and expression, etc.). How do I do that? In Sibelius you’d triple click a staff and that would select everything.
You can’t import a house style in quite the same way as you would in Sibelius: in Dorico “house style” is an eclectic mix of Layout Options, Notation Options, Engraving Options (all of which can temporarily be saved as default and then reset to default in a new project), Text and Paragraph Styles (which can’t) and Master Pages (which can be imported and exported between projects).
If you’ve got a Dorico project set to match the house style of the client, import the MusicXML into that project. Alternatively, open the MusicXML file in Dorico and save that as a Dorico project. Then use Dorico’s File > Import Flow functionality to take the flow into an existing Dorico project.
If you need to do a system selection, make use of the System Track. Unlike Cmd/Ctrl-A, it really will select all stave and system attached music, text and symbols (including non-standard bar lines).
Thanks so much Leo! Importing the XML worked great, but I am still at a loss about how to copy and paste to get the music in the right place.
I need to get the music from the final flow, cut and pasted into the first flow. How do I do that? (I tried to attach the Dorico file but the website won’t let me)
Rob is correct, I should just leave the formatting to the guys who picked this particular house style, but I jumped on this project partly because I thought it might be a good “learn Dorico” project, and it is.
And now my next questions:
Page one looks ok, but page two is a mess. How do I force a system break such that it looks like page 1?
How do I remove this slur or tie or whatever it is?
Sometimes, though not consistently. I think the mess on page 2 is not guaranteed to happen on subsequent pages… isn’t it sort of a quirk related to the “circular spacing dilemma”?
Edit: no, I’m wrong. Anyways… a system break wouldn’t have helped you much anyways… frame break was what I meant. But Rob’s solution is better. Either that, or slightly increase the space size so Dorico isn’t tempted to try and squish two systems onto a page.
I think you possibly meant slightly decrease the space size, which I would agree with. The margins on the top of the page are also a bit more than is needed. When things are this compressed, I would both decrease the space size and adjust the margins.
With a decreased space size and adjusted margins (in this case I just slightly increased the height of the master page frames), the score looks more like this:
The answers to this simple request seem to reveal that the current Dorico means of dealing with house styles is much more complicated than that in Sibelius; but I hope that this impression is merely a result of my misunderstanding what it required.
Are there plans to implement an import house style function (in the fullness of time…)?
If, for instance, I create a score in Dorico and send it to my publisher, who then applies their approved styles and improves the look of the score, what do I do when want to I start a new score that will be published by the same publisher, and want it to automatically look the same as the first score without requiring the publisher to repeat the work done on the first score? Can I, or the publisher, make a template for this purpose that includes all the publisher’s styles?
As it turned out, it was a D flat tied over to a D flat in the next bar. Mr. Herrmann’s handwriting is so tiny, difficult to decifer!
One more follow up question: the trill in bar 47 should be a half note trill, I think I have the properties right (see screenshot), but I’d like the score to show that, maybe with a small Bb between brackets to the right of the A and a D natural to the right of the D flat. How do I do that?
(And in case you are wondering, I probably would have written a C sharp instead of a D flat but we’re trying to preserve the original handwriting as much as possible)