Trick to combine multi-bar rests over rehearsal points?

While working on orchestral works, we regularly encounter the following issue. Looking at the instrument part (for the 2nde Petite Flûte in Ravel’s Boléro as an example), it looks like this:

Does anyone know a trick to “amalgamate” the first 142 bars into a single multi-measure rest, that would mention 142 bars? In that case the second bar on the first system would be bar 143. For this instrument, there is no point seeing the rehearsal points 1 through 7. (We know it is possible to hide these points markers by giving a vertical displacement to the markers, so they “fall off the page”, but does not amalgamate the rests.)
Any suggestions are welcome :slight_smile: .

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AFAIK it’s not possible yet, keeping the same file, same flow. What you can do is duplicate the flow, then do whatever you need on this part. That copied flow will only serve for that… Of course, you loose all sync between the notes of this instrument and the first flow.

Suppose the conductor says “Let’s start at rehearsal 5”?

What is the poor piccolo player to do then?

IIRC, the original Durand edition had word cues at each rehearsal number.


I suppose, if I were the piccolo player, I would have to wait for three variations (which I can count without having to count the bars), and then start playing at variation 8?

In the Durand editions of the conductor scores of 1929 and 1932 that can be found on IMSLP, I see also rehearsal points numbered 1, 2, 3 … 18. Where can I find the edition with word cues? Maybe I don’t understand you correctly? Thanks for clarifying.

Hello Mark, thanks for giving the input. I was afraid of that answer :frowning: .

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You are correct. Perhaps I was thinking of the urtext edition by Breitkopf.

Still think it’s a terrible idea, though. Just makes more busy work for the librarian, who will probably write in all the numbers anyway (Been there – done that).