Proper placement of tie at time signature change

Is there a specific convention for notating a tie that must pass through/above/below a change in time signature?

In the following, Dorico kept the first tie’s curve ‘normal’ (i.e., relatively flat), with the consequence that it cuts through the time signature’s lower number:


I could easily create a greater curve to avoid the clash, but I’m wondering what the appropriate convention is. I’m unable to find any mention of this in Gould.

Thanks, in advance, for any advice!

One option at your disposal is to erase the backgrounds of time signatures crossed by ties.


Boosey recommend breaking the tie:

Schirmer don’t:

The risk of curving the tie to avoid the time signature is that it may be mistaken for a slur.

And Lillie’s just said what I was about to close with :slight_smile:


Wow! Thank-you both, very much!

Along the same lines, are there ways to create a similar gap at the centre of a tie in situations that involve objects other than time signatures (e.g., through overlapping parts)?

No, in general, not. The handling of time and key signatures is a special case that Dorico accommodates with some dedicated features.

Thanks for clarifying that, Daniel.