I’m curious what terminology Dorico will adopt when distinguishing between the different parts of a musical texture written on a single or on multiple stems on the same staff.
I’m not a native english speaker, so excuse me if I have misunderstood how these terms are used in English. My understanding, though, is that most who have studied harmony are accustomed to the term voice describing each melodic line that makes up a multi-part texture or chord progression. be it monophonic or polyphonic, on a single or on multiple stems. AFAIK, there is no well-established term referring specifically to each single or multi-part texture written on opposite stems, which has led to different nomenclature in different applications.
Sibelius uses the term voice in referring to parts written on opposite stems, which is confusing whenever each stem carries more than one note (considering each of the lines on each stem is what usually constitutes a voice). In tern, the application references each individual harmony part written on the same stem simply as notes, a term which seems to disregard the melodic and harmonic context entirely.
Finale, on the other hand, (usually) uses the term layer to describe the same thing as voices in Sibelius, which is a unique and descriptive term that doesn’t disrupt the traditional musical terminology.
From what I’ve heard and read, Sibelius’s terminology has been adopted in Dorico, which I think is unfortunate, and I would hope there’s still time to reconsider.