I’m working in a large orchestral score and specifically focusing on section instruments like strings. There are some passages that, for example, have 1st cellos playing a part, while 2nd cellos rest (and this continues for several bars).
The options would be:
- input cello 1 notes in the up-stem voice, input cello 2 whole rests in the down-stem voice
- input cello 1 notes only, and put a “1.” next to them indicating they should only be played by first cellos
- use Dorico’s divisi feature to create two staves for the duration of this passage, entering cello 1 notes on the top stave and cello 2 rests on the bottom stave
Am I right in understanding that #3 is a poor option, because there’s just no need to create the separate stave? Presumably #3 would really only be used if cello 2 had something significantly different than cello 1 which would result in too much clutter if they were drawn on the same stave.
So, between #1 and #2, any strong opinions or preferences?