Improved Concert Pitch mode
To have an additional mode, in which Concert Pitch only transposes tunes but not octaves. Tentatively called 'Concert Tuning" in this document.
This can be implemented in some ways: by changing the Concert Pitch button to a popup box with an additional mode, as shown in this mockup image:
Or simply by letting the User choose how Concert Pitch will behave, with a checkbox in Score preferences:
I am a composer. I am no conductor but sometimes we have to conduct. In practice, there are two kind of scores that Composers and Conductors use, in different circumnstances, and both have a reason to be.
TRANSPOSED SCORE: it allows to see what musicians are playing from their point of view. So you can tell the Clarinet player: "Hey Mr. Frost, please put a little more accent in that D note in measure 1". If the score was in concert pitch, the conductor would see an E. But since D is written both in the instrumentist part and the conductor's part, nobody has to lose some time transposing to give or take instructions.
CONCERT TUNING SCORE: (Or 'Score in C') All instruments show the real tones as they sound, EXCEPT FOR TRANSPOSING OCTAVES. This allows for a quick overview of harmony in a score, and a more efficient analysis of a multi part piece from harmonic point of view, because in a transposed score with several different key instruments it would be an epic task to transpose every note mentally just to find out that the orchestra is playing a C minor chord at some beat. This would be the additional mode I request here, as shown in this score:
Currently, Musescore can show the TRANSPOSED score, but instead of CONCERT TUNING, it only can display CONCERT PITCH, which transposes keys AND octaves showing absolute real tones. In practice, there are very rare situations in which you would need such a score. Usually there's no need to have, for instance, a guitar score transposed all the way down, or a baritone sax or a piccolo transposed to the exact real tones including the big octave jump, because the so many additional lines in the staff ruin the purpose of having a quick harmonic overview. Instead of an easy reading, all the score gets messed up, with lots of overlapping attachments (which have been corrected here, but require a big space to be a 'clean' score):
Of course I am not proposing that this mode is removed, because it can be used sometimes and maybe there is people used to it since it has been the way in MuseScore for years. But it would be very useful, practical and professional to have this additional mode, which only transposes the key but not the octaves.