This is my first attempt to enter Choral music. I selected the SATB with Piano template. Soprano, Alto, Bass all work fine, but the Tenor part by default shows with a Treble clef. Since I am transcribing a hymn, I want the Tenor part to show the Bass Clef. In an attempt to fix things I select the Bass Clef and make the change. The trouble is, playback of each note sounds an octave lower than notated. I tried changing the Player to Choir. That fixed the playback but made the Tenor part display on a Grand Staff.
So is my only solution to abandon my preferred format of separate SATB staves and use a single Choir staff with voices for each part?
I saw that and one other thread before I posted, but after reading them I found myself more confused than when I started. I’m hoping to gain some clarity as well as to understand my options. And hopefully there are other people who could benefit from that as well.
You would like four staves, one for each part: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
But you would like the clefs to be (respectively) treble, treble, bass, bass?
If so, this is a rather unorthodox requirement. I won’t say I’ve never seen it, but it’s not standard. Normally, tenors read treble clef transposed an octave down in ‘open score’ (that is, when all four parts are written out on their own staves). This is what Dorico offers by default, and how the Tenor instrument is defined. Only when the music is written in ‘short score’ (with SA sharing one staff and TB sharing the other) would the tenors read bass clef, because they share a staff with the basses.
(I mention this not to try and “correct” you – of course you can format your music however you want – but just to explain why what Dorico provides by default doesn’t match what you want.)
Perhaps DaddyO could show us an image of what he wants to see. If one uses a hymn condensed form on two staves, separating the tenor and bass voices is not yet possible in Dorico, so I do not understand the problem although it must exist for DaddyO to be asking about it.
Also be aware that there is an Expression Map to Transpose One Octave Up, or one can adjust the playback of the voice in the HALion player to transpose an octave.
In my church choral background, which was admittedly some years ago, we would often just use a hymn book with the four parts written Soprano/Alto on the Treble clef of a Grand Staff and the Tenor/Bass on the Bass cleff. What I’m doing is preliminary composition not intended to be performed live, so I guess I’d like to see it the way that I’m used to seeing it. Hope that explains it. Thanks for your reply.
Hmm… I saw that, but had no idea what it was. Still, what was looking for was separate staves, in a sense a choir reduction exploded. For me it was just a matter of familiarity. I’ll have to mess around with all this and see which suits me best.