I’m working on a project for orchestra and I’ve run into a problem with the condensing feature that I was wondering whether I could get some help with. I’ve attached a zip folder containing a pdf of the score. Unfortunately it appears that the Dorico project itself is too big to attach here so here is a google drive link to the dorico project:
The piece begins with two soloists (the marimba and solo violin) playing at quarter=92. On the second page, a portion of the orchestra comes in with the conductor, conducting at quarter=132, while the two soloists continue at quarter=92 ignoring the conductor. I’ve been able to do this using Dorico’s independent meters and tricks that create fake meters and invisible large tuplets. However, I’ve run into an issue where the meters for some of the parts do not appear on the condensed score (the uncondensed score correctly displays all meter changes in all staves). As you can see on the 3rd page of the pdf or the dorico file, in measures 49-52, the orchestra’s meter changes of 4/4, 7/8, and back to 4/4 appear in the non-condensed staves (e.g. Clarinet 3, all unpitched percussion, harp), but do not appear in the condensed staves (Flute 1-3, Ob. 1-2, Clarinet 1-2), even though the rhythm does display the correctly changing meters. My guess here as to what is happening is that since there is no global meter changes (since both the soloists and the orchestra change meters often and independently, I couldn’t enter one as the global meter and the other as independent because it would keep interfering with the other and preventing me from entering bars of the correct length, so I entered both the soloist’s meter and the orchestra’s meter as independent meters), Dorico’s condensing algorithm isn’t choosing to display the independent meter changes of the staves it is condensing, even though all the staves that are being condensed share the same meter changes. Is there any way to work around this and get it to display the correct meters without uncondensing the score?
I suppose one possible workaround might be to create ‘fake’ textbox meters and manually position all of them where the correct meters do not appear, but I was wondering if there was any easier solution before I do that.
Thanks for your help!
AidanGold orchestra project.zip (161 KB)