I’d like to understand more about the design concept behind Solo and Section Players. The Higher-Level Concepts section in the documentation states, “Players may either be individuals who can play more than one instrument, for example, an oboist doubling cor anglais, or groups in which everyone plays only one instrument, for example, eight desks of violinists.” With that in mind, I have some questions:
How does Dorico handle a Solo Player differently than a Section Player? What kind of settings and options does it change? What goes on behind the scenes in the software?
Can a Section Player play more than one instrument in Dorico’s world? My experience is with choral music, so forgive me if this is a dumb question, but couldn’t you have an instrumental group of some type with, let’s say, 3 people who all double clarinet and sax? (I admit that this might be unlikely.) Would they be set up as a Section or a Solo Player(s)?
In Operas and Broadway scores, soloists frequently share the same stave. The Piano/Vocal score might have a grand stave for the piano, two staves for the chorus, and one stave for the soloists. (It is definitely a case of using the same stave and not hidden staves because the changes sometimes happen mid-system in the scores). (For example, in the Piano/Vocal score for “Wicked”, Elphaba and Galinda share the same stave in “What Is This Feeling?” and text above the stave says either “ELPHABA:”, “GALINDA:”, or “BOTH:”) The only time the main characters’ music might be on two (or more) staves is if they are singing at the same time and the parts differ greatly (i.e., polyphony). Otherwise, if they sing at the same with harmony, a label of “BOTH: or ALL:” is put above the staff and the melody and harmony will be on the same stave. Also, there will be times when there are many one-phrase solos to be assigned to members from the chorus; these solos will be written in the same stave(s) as the chorus if the rest of the chorus isn’t singing at that time. They will not necessarily have character names; they could just be labeled “MAN”, “WOMAN”, “TOWNSPERSON”, etc. Once again, it’s verifiable that they are sharing the same stave because you can see changes happen in the middle of a system.
With all of that said, what’s the best way to handle this in Dorico? I suppose the main characters (such as Elphaba and Galinda) could be set up as Solo Players but then I don’t think you could have changes happen back and forth mid-system, could you?
I hope I’ve made sense. Let me know if you need me to clarify something or send an example of a Piano/Vocal score. Lastly, all of the development team’s hard work is very much appreciated. Dorico looks like a wonderful program!