MusicXML Import from Sibelius Ultimate = Invalid file

I’m trying to import a MusicXML file into Dorico 4 from Sibelius Ultimate, and Dorico is telling me it’s an invalid file format. I’m not sure why this is happening. I’ve exported XML from Sibelius many times. I’ve tried both compressed and uncompressed.

Could you post a short example XML file here that displays the error?

Sorry, I’m not sure what you mean by “short example XML file.”

An example of a MusicXML file from Sibelius Ultimate that Dorico can’t open.

The .musicxml file I’m trying to upload to this thread is greyed out, along with all other musicxml files.
This is very strange.

You might need to compress it into a zipfile for the forum to allow you to post it.

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Musescore and Sibelius also fail to open it, say’s it’s not a valid xml-file.


This doesn’t make any sense. I’m exporting this the same way I would export any other Sibelius file. I guess this is probably a Sibelius issue, and not a Dorico one. I’ll reach out to them

Several of the text strings in your file contain characters that aren’t being correctly encoded into the XML file. For example, the string “Arr by Tim Whalen” ends with what I think is some sort of formatting whitespace character that hasn’t been handled correctly when the file was saved.

Here’s a version which I’ve manually corrected (in a text editor).

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Wow, that did it! I really appreciate your help, Richard!