notesetter: I prefer to think of it more as a chisel than a sledgehammer. Like chipping away to “reveal” the sculpture inside a block of marble.
Robert Enns: I think you may be starting from a few pre-conceived notions that I’m not. Melody and harmony are just mental constructions. Pitches or rests expressed as durations are just math to the program that keeps track of them, which apparently, Doric will do even better than the others.
L3B: Not sure why you’re getting so exercised. Both Sibelius and Finale give you the option to change the range for any instrument to whatever range you want in a not-very-hidden dialogue window as, I imagine, will Dorico.
I have no problem with writing “impossible-to-play” notes for instruments and, in fact, do it all the time.
That said, engraving programs aren’t just made for weirdos like me and heroic, tell-it-like-it-is geniuses, like yourself. Which is why some have preset range options for beginner-professional players - to avoid musical accidents.
Does an author take issue with the find-and-replace and spellcheck in a word processor?
Glad you found, in my innocent question, an opportunity for self-aggrandizement. The magic of the arts!