I have been importing a series of numbers for a musical theater work into my Dorico project, via MusicXML. I understand that this is an inexact process, and I’ve been enjoying straightening out the details. But I keep running to the same issues repeatedly, which makes me think I haven’t set something quite right. My apologies for any duplication of existing topics; I did search, but none seemed to quite match these.
I do have it set to “use existing players when possible” for each new import. But each new import rearranges my vertical order in seemingly random ways (yet they happen consistently making me think there’s something I don’t understand), as it always has to add an instrument or two. For instance, one of the vocalists always goes down below Contrabass, Percussion is always moved up above Flute, and Harp always moves below the vocal staves… I can move them around to what I want, but if I need to create a new player, the rearrangement happens again. What am I not understanding?
One song accompanies the soloist with a male vocal quartet. How can I create such a group (either on 2 staves, or on 4 condensible ones), that will have the staff name Quartet in the margin rather than the individual voice names?
Each new number adds instruments (as above) that upset the brackets and sub-brackets, and I have to redo them. The only way to do it that I know of is to use Engrave mode, and I have to do it over for each flow. I have condensing turned off temporarily, likewise hiding of some staves temporarily unchecked, so that all staves are visible at the point where I create the brackets and braces. Is there a more permanent way to do this during setup, rather than frequently flipping in and out of Engrave mode?