different number of syllables in different verses

• Feb 21, 2018 - 19:21

Hi guys
This is less of a MScore query and more a general music layout question.
A friend has written an amateur musical and given me 1/2 a dozen sets of lyrics to compose tunes for. I've written the melody for verse 1 (for example) but the syllable count for the other verses differ occasionally. How do I add the lyrics for the other verses underneath each other when often there are MORE syllables than notes for 'that' line.
I know how to add lyrics underneath each other btw - its the differing syllable count that is bothering me.
I suppose I could just copy out the music for verse1, paste it several times and then adjust accordingly but that 'feels wrong'.


In reply to by onscuba

It depends..

What some publishers do as well is to actually add the smallest note values (possibly as small notes or with dotted ties/slurs) so that each syllable still corresponds with at least a note. Then dash/melisma over the notes not used in the current verse.

As suggested, split it into the smallest time segments (eg two quavers for two sylllables) and then use a second Voice for the single syllable (a crotchet in this case). Sometimes the shorter notes are made small and have the stems going the other way from the longer note.

In reply to by underquark

This method is new to me, but what I have seen is that you use the smallest note-value as suggested and then, instead of using a second voice to indicate the situation with less syllables, you use a dotted tie. I.e. in Underquark's example above, notate two quavers, then tie them and change the tie's line type to dotted in the Inspector.


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