Just thought I’d share this exercise with everyone. This is the first part of “Sus une fontayne” by Johannes Ciconia, an early 15th century virelai in mannered style. I’m amazed at how well Dorico handled this and how quickly I was able to enter it once I understood how to do it.
Unfortunately, Dorico cannot use prolation symbols in place of time signatures, so I decided to write them as text above the staves until the time comes that we can actually move notes around to make room for them. Still, the fact that Bravura has prolations symbols available is already a big plus.
Signposts are copy/pasteable, so doing this quickly was no real issue. Tempus imperfectum cum prolatione imperfecta (the backwards C) is a 2:3 quarter note tuplet over a 6/8. Instead of re-inventing the wheel each time I needed it, I would copy and paste the signpost on the bars where it was required and type the notes away. The Tempus imperfectum cum prolatione imperfecta (the C, a short 2/4), was inserted with Alt-Enter so it would modify a single staff; the barlines then “misaligned” perfectly. Prolations were entered with text using default spacing (which I reduced) rather than collision avoidance and I moved the bottom staves a little in order to give some room.
So yes, some early music can indeed be done. However, since I am artistic director of a period instrument group specializing in the baroque, I echo the Siebe Henstra’s sentiment that extra ornaments and ESPECIALLY figure bass will be extremely welcome once implemented.
Anyway, I attached a png and the actual file if anyone is interested. It’s best to make all signposts visible to understand the tricks since all time signatures and tuplets are hidden.
Sus une fontayne.zip (359 KB)