Tranposed instruments imported in MusicXML
Apologies if this has been asked before but although I found references, I didn't really find the answer.
A friend has exported a piece from Finale for our music group in MusicXML format. It loads, displays and plays pitches correctly for the instruments in MuseScore but the music is displayed in concert pitch. Clicking Concert Pitch does nothing (apart from show the button changing state).
It's as though all the imported instruments are treated purely as concert pitch instruments.
For clarity, the original sheet music for the clarinet is in D major (2 sharps). The imported MusicXML score displays the clarinet parts as a tone lower and in the key of C major.
The only workaround I have found so far is to select part of the music staff for each Bb instrument in turn and right click -> Stave Properties... Transpose down 2 (Major second). I would then have to repeat for any other transposed instruments.
Now, when concert pitch is on, the score looks like it did on original import (Clarinet parts represented in C). When concert pitch is off, the Bb instrument notes move up 2 semitones and the key signature has 2 sharps, matching the original sheet music. It always plays the pitches correctly whether concert pitch is on or off. With concert pitch off, I can play my real instrument from the music on the screen and hear the correct pitch with the other instruments as expected.
So..... is this what I have to do for all transposed instruments in a piece whenever I importi from MusicXML? Or is there anything in the MusicXML that indicates the transposition of an instrument?
And is there a setting in MuseScore that I should set to make this process work correctly?
The music was exported from Finale (which I don't have). Is there a setting in Finale which would have exported transposed instruments 'correctly'?