How to add a full bar's reat in the second voice

• Jun 9, 2023 - 10:04

Here is a snippet of notation to be entered: Bars 50-51.png

In regular note entry I could not find a way to get that 'untouched bar' full bar rest entered, closest was a dotted whole rest - not what's on the handout.

Fortunately, the tenor and empty bass lines above came to the rescue. As I had already transcribed the four voices into SATB format I could select these two tenor and bass bars and Tools | Implode them. Nothing really appeared to happen, the tenor bar appeared to be unchanged. I had nothing to lose, hunting a little further I found 'Voices' and, more importantly Tools | Voices | Exchange voices 1-2; still nothing promising appeared to happen. Exchange voices 1-2 again, however seemed to do the trick of getting the full bar rest appearing. Copy this two-voice bar back to the bass line of the accompaniment and switch voices 1-2 again: Ta Dah!

Just to clean up, apply a beam and do the explode up on the tenor line and Bob's your mother's brother - see bar 51. BREAK FORTH INTO JOY - Caleb Simper.mscz

Now, I know for some of you more accomplished MuseScorers this may be an old trick but it took me quite a while to figure it out, these 'untouched' bar rests are an odd beast, so I hope this work-around may help some people to preserve some sparse hair.

On a slightly different note: What does the bracketed Piano (p) actually mean?


"On a slightly different note: What does the bracketed Piano (p) actually mean?"

Brackets (parentheses) in this context often mean that the marking is editorial i.e. the dynamic doesn't appear on the composer's original manuscript, and was added at the publication stage.

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