Hi, and thanks in advance,
I’m finishing up a wind quintet. For the individual players parts, I’m putting the other four instruments onto a 2-staff, cue-staff-sized reduction in the same key as the main instrument. Sometimes I’m hiding empty staves. When it’s ambiguous what staves are displayed, I’d like to display staff labels for that system.
Also, for some systems, only one staff is visible. In this case, Dorico is automatically displaying its staff label. However, since some of these staves have only one instrument playing of the two on that staff (i.e. only the horn playing on the “Hn & Bsn” staff), I’d like to change that staff label to just “Hn” for that system. And then I’d like to “reset” (and re-display) the full, two-instrument staff label when the second instrument joins that staff again.
I know that on other threads around similar issues, there are rationales given for about why there isn’t a more direct way to control which staff labels are displayed where (and even what they say), but it strikes me that there is an unnecessary lack of control here, unless I’m missing something. From the other posts on the topic, the only solutions I see are A) control things for the entire flow in layout settings (which doesn’t address my situation well), or B) create staff text with shift-x, manually indent the system, and move the text to create a makeshift staff label. And even that won’t work when it comes to hiding (or replacing) the staff label that automatically appears on a single staff; for that situation, if I could hide that label, the shift-x+indent solution seems reasonable, in lieu of being able to edit individual staff labels.
Any workarounds or things I’m missing?
Thanks for your help,