Would come handy.
Could you elaborate on the circumstances you mean/in which you’d like to do this and how? In Dorico, tokens are available to do perhaps something similar to what you’re asking - they dynamically display information in multiple places, which all get updated if the source changes.
Eg. if you invested a lot of time in indicating the instruments in a piano reduction in a lot of small text items,
and then decide that it would be better to write “Vn.” instead of “Vl.” …
This would be a huge feature! Various other examples:
I composed a whole piece for a jazz ensemble and in the end I decided, that one chord in the chord progression should be slightly different (like C13#9 instead of C7#9 or something like that). Going through the whole piece and changing this chord whenever it occurs is a lot of work. It’d also need a “ask everytime” function, in order to decide on a per case basis (“Replace? [Yes] / [No]” -> clicking jumps to the next item in question), because it could be, that in a different context C7#9 is exactly what I want.
It would also be great to search and replace musical snippets. If I have a certain motif that occurs several times during the piece, and at one point I decide to change the motif a little bit, maybe as little as the enharmonic spelling, it ould be great to have a search and replace function. Or if I decide to alter the articulation of one note in a motif, or whatever.
This is exactly why I use custom playing techniques for such frequent marks. If you decide later to change the mark or the formatting, it changes all occurrences in the score.
I had engraved a large wind band score, and later the publisher decided to change their formatting for indications like “Solo.” It was very easy to fix!
This is something that would also be very time saving when arranging music. I’m working on a series of different versions of the same piece where the instrumentation varies. One for instance is full philharmonic orchestra, the other is just 11 musicians. I would like to easily change indications such as solo, tutti, specific dynamic markings in specific instruments, instrument techniques that don’t apply anymore because it’s played by a different instrument etc.
It would also be great if Dorico could check on its own if, through arranging, there are any redundant dynamic or technique markings. Sometimes I paste a certain section into another voice and then notice that I forgot to delete “pizz.” or “mf” which happen to be written in the destination staff a few bars earlier.
I second this request - its implementation would mean (for example) that I could change every occurrence of the name of an opera character in stage directions and the like, with a couple of keystrokes. (Changing their names in Setup>Players is, of course, no problem.)