Like the title says, what I am trying to achieve here (something that I’d think should be very simple) is “Pìu mosso (q = 55)”. It accepts the Pìu mosso, but whatever I type after that disappears after confirming, regardless of if I put it in parentheses or not. It looks like Dorico doesn’t allow me to add anything after the Pìu mosso. Why is this? Seems to me that it’s a horrible feature if it is a feature. Any idea’s how I might achieve this perfectly simple tempo marking?
I don’t care for Dorico interpreting the q = 55 or Pìu mosso correctly, that’s what the properties window is for, I just want an actual tempo marking that says what I want.
Dorico considers più mosso to be a relative tempo change, rather than an immediate tempo change.
You can type ‘mosso (q=55)’ and then add the ‘più’ in the properties panel afterwards.
Right, that seems to work, thank you. That seems like a weird workaround for something that should be a straightforward action, isn’t it?
The popover interprets what is typed fairly liberally, and the use of ‘più’ (or ‘meno’) is sufficient for the text to be flagged as a gradual tempo instruction.
Gradual tempos have their own Font Style, as they are commonly displayed in a different way from immediate tempi.
If the popover always parsed the contents as immediate tempi, and you had to set a flag to ‘convert’ them to gradual tempi, then that would be no less annoying.
It’s the diacritical mark on più that takes the most effort actually (at least on Windows).
Check out the latest Power Toys release (v0.62.0). There is a utility for easily entering diacriticals (similar to what you can do on a cell phone).
Comment: I just ran into this exact issue and was also frustrated (I agree with OP @semh). It’s really frustrating when Dorico treats one variant one way, and a slightly different variant another way, without explaining it, and without giving us override options in the Properties panel.
I get the logic that piu/meno are relative designations, however, I don’t think that automatically precludes the importance of attaching a metronome marking if the user wishes.
My cheat for this is to type MenoAlt-SpaceMosso. The Alt-Space fools Dorico into creating a custom tempo that will allow a metronome mark. You might need to add Shift on Windows.
Thanks for the idea!. That’s a big help for an important issue for me🙂