I usually make little or “silly” requests, but today I’d like to make a massive one! I just won an international composers competition last week and despite winning by an overwhelming majority I lost points because of the legibility (or lack thereof) which I made in Dorico!!! What you may say??? Well it’s not Dorico’s fault as much as it is a problem of era. The score itself was huge and contained a full orchestra, with many percussion instruments, a choir and several synths. Naturally a put it on A3 paper with the assumption that it would be printed. Surprisingly it was not and most of the judges tried to follow it on a tablet or their laptops. I explained that I wrote on a desktop with a large monitor on portrait mode, although it was still hard to see…
In the old days, when I wrote by hand, what I would have done for a score this big is put most section instruments on one or two staves, so all woodwinds in a treble and bass clef, trumpets & trombones together, etc. And separate them (like a divisi) only when they have complex lines, for example like the woodwinds have on the last bar in the above example.
So considering that Dorico already does Divisi and you can also construct Percussion Kits, would it be possible in the future to unite these features in order to create combined sections of instruments? So for example like at the moment we have Add Solo Player, Add Section Player we could also have Add Custom section where we could add instruments that then get automatically labelled and can get broken onto divisi when necessary?
this would also be super useful for reducing scores to be printed on A4/Letter.