I was just preparing a score for a transposing project I need to do. I conduct an amateur band and my principal flautist also plays piccolo but can’t handle transposing the Db piccolo to play on his C piccolo. And my horn section ins’t really up to speed for playing from Eb horn parts on their F horns.
So as my first real project in Dorico I thought I would create a score, enter the original parts, then simply switch the instruments and the transpositions.
Alas, there is no Db piccolo nor are there Eb horns in the instrument list. I can get around the Eb horn lack by choosing Eb Alto Clarinets for the instruments to enter the music into and then I hope that I can simply change the instruments for those players to Horn and get the proper transposition, including the correct octave, without any fuss.
But since the piccolo or flute are the only instruments I’ve ever heard of being in Db I’m stuck. Looking through the list of instruments I’m very impressed at how varied the possibilities are but am really at a loss as to why such common 19th century, early 20th century band instruments as the Db piccolo or the Eb horns are missing.
Can they please be added to the one of the next updates, or add the ability of the end-users to define our instruments based on existing instruments? That way any instrument-specific playing techniques would still be available but we could set up the keys of the instruments as we wish. Thanks.