I’m currently working on typesetting a multi-percussion work for two players, that the composer has written out over a grid. For the most part I am able to troubleshoot and figure out engraving quirks, but I have several places in the score where Dorico doesn’t want to cooperate, nor can I figure out a workaround (as well as some strange… decisions the program makes, perhaps glitches- see below).
I’ve attached a passage which I’m currently struggling with, along with pictures of the manuscript so that you can see clearly the intended notation.
Bars 1-2 and 4-5. I am unable to separate the stems of two notes occurring on the downbeat, so that two separate voices are visibly distinguishable (as the notes on subsequent beats). If I try adding extra percussion voices Dorico changes the rhythmic value of the tom notes, as if they were part of the tuplet in the upper voices, even though they were inputted into their own staff and voice like the other tom notes as quarter notes (try changing voices and see for yourself). In both cases, I am unable to remove or hide unnecessary rests that appear either under the note or in preceding bars…
Bar 9 - I cannot make the upper voice in percussion one display a dotted quarter, when i succeed in removing the tie then the lower tom tom voice is mucked up. In either case, Dorico chooses seemingly at random which rests to suddenly hide or appear in this bar - you will see a eighth note rest is currently missing on the 3rd beat.
Bars 11-16: here I have various problems that are of a similar nature to bars 1-5 and 9, but with more rhythmic complexity and density, as well as some difficult beaming problems to solve. I hope that by solving the previous bars I will have the tools to fix these.
Bar 18-19: I think this is a bug: I wish for the nestled 7:8 tuplet to span the barline, but attempting this lead Dorico to have a mild panic and fill my page with all sorts of interesting and impossible notation. In the larger file this would sometimes lead to the program to crash, but it seems to be stable in the smaller file. See for yourself… I haven’t had any other problem with nestled tuplets spanning barlines typesetting this piece and there are quite a few! So I feel this must be a bug - still it would be great to be able to notate this as intended, spanning the barline.
Percussion example 1.zip (458 KB)