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    Quote Originally Posted by adrien View Post

    You can also define parts including scores (I think), so it may be possible to do all your work with only 1 set of source notation.
    I was trying to imply in an earlier post that professional engravers who use Sibelius know much more than I, just a composer, know and they probably can get sound, score and parts all from one score. I just have not the initiative to undertake it all.

    However, you're a lot younger than I am. I started composing while in high school in the 60's and until the 80's (when computer notation programs became a reality) final scores were done with ink on vellum/onion skin paper. Small ink mistakes could be fixed, but if you messed up a page too much you had to start that page all over again. Then parts were done one at a time on vellum with the same challenge as the score. EACH PART, one at a time by hand. So, you (all young composers) really have no reason to complain about today's work-arounds. Today, it's worlds easier than the old days.
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    LOL

    yes, modern computer notation systems still have a long way to go, but they have at least advanced to the level where a complete hack like me with no training (other than playing an instrument) can pretend to be a composer and just drag dots until it sounds ok (to me and some others anyway)

    I guess that's why people had to study so much, because you couldn't really get a proper idea of what a composition would sound like until you could convince some humans to perform it, by which stage you already had to have made the parts. The closest thing most people got to an instrument with enough polyphony to hear things would be pianos, and after that you're down to study and experience I guess - trial and error.

    It's kinda like software projects for the Apollo missions. They had to make sure it worked from the design stage onwards. We're cowboys nowadays.

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    Just read the scoring notes review of MuseScore 3.0 beta, and a feature was mentioned

    "Generate parts from individual voices so you can combine instruments on a single staff" which is just what we were talking about yesterday.

    Quite often though, separate voices aren't used for merged staves in a score (e.g. flutes, if playing the same rhythm will often show as only 1 voice).
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