In the attached Dorico file, the 4 sax pickup notes are played back exaggeratedly short (as are any other sax lines that lack specific articulation marks). Others had previously suggested that perhaps it was due to a holdover of a previous playing technique, so to be safe (in the attached Dorico file) I’ve inserted a “nat.” playing technique (as others have suggested) at the beginning of the phrase. I’ve also made sure that in Play–>Playback Options–>Timing the note lengths are set as recommended by Arne on his website (though I’ve also tried setting the note durations % for “default notes” to as much as 105% instead of the 85% recommended, and it has no effect on the sound - it’s still extremely staccato). I’ve also selected all and chosen “reset playback overrides” in case it had something to do with errant musicXML data on import, etc. but to no avail.
The one thing that “basically” works is for me to insert a “legato” playing technique at the start of the first appearance of any note that lacks it’s own articulation marking (and then hiding it). But I’m wondering if this is more the equivalent of a “100%” playback vs. Arne’s recommended 85% (so isn’t entirely accurate interpretation-wise), and also why this should be necessary? Thanks for any thoughts:
Note Performer Test.zip (574 KB)