Suggestions for formatting sight-singing book?

I’m recently begun reformatting Melodia, a century-old sight-singing book ( I’ve been using it with my elementary choirs but have long wanted a more legible and beautiful format.

Book 1 is attached. I’d appreciate suggestions for how to best handle several things:

  • hiding cautionaries
  • whether to give each exercise its own line, or starting an exercise on a partial system
  • if starting mid-system, can I add a gap between the previous and the next exercise (similar to “cutaway staff” in Finale)?
  • Can I display an explicit clef after the barline, rather than before?

I realize someone will suggest that I split this into 495 flows, but… I’d rather not. Unless my above requests can only be accomplished that way. And wouldn’t that result in tons of work setting up the layout?

This project feels more like a continuous single flow than a series of flows, but I’m open to suggestions.

Melodia Book (787 KB)

As of Dorico 2.2, you can use codas to insert mid-system gaps, and then hide the actual Coda text by way of a property. This will ensure that clefs etc. only appear after the gap. If you decide to go down this route, I suggest you start at the end of the document and work your way back towards the front, for reasons of speed and efficiency.

Aha, thanks. I’ll try it!

An extra layout option to allow flows to begin on an existing line would have some uses for cases like this. I’m thinking about the old Salvation Army hymn books that we used in the brass band, which would break the staff and put the title of the next hymn in the break, allowing it to fit an extraordinary amount of music in a small space. I remember using a similar technique to write all 16 AFL football songs on one A4 sheet for an awards ceremony where we had to play the right one with a second’s notice. Achieving it in Sibelius was a fairly manual process, but the ‘break system’ function helped.

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