xml files with no barlines

• Jul 11, 2019 - 04:19

I'm a newbie to Musescore. I opened an xml file of a score with Mensurstrich barlines, and the opened file had no barlines at all. The rest of the import seemed fairly accurate. I would like to have conventional barlines to appear throughout the multipage piece to start, one hopes with just a few keystrokes. Any advice or referral welcomed and thank you in advance.


You would need to attach the score (.mscz file is best) for someone to look at. There is always a way to force barlines to be seen. It depends on how the lines were hidden as to how to make them visible.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Thanks for taking a look. I haven't cleaned this up in any way and please ignore cosmetic or superficial items. I am able to add barlines one at a time, but what I would like is for barlines to show following the time signature, or following the original barlines--but they may not have been imported. Because the original is in Mensurstrich, where notes that span barlines are not tied, I expect Musescore might have a problem there.

Attachment Size
AscenditDues.mscz 31.1 KB
AscenditDues.xml 597.63 KB

In reply to by dsolet

This is a Gregorian chant and shouldn't have bar lines, so I would leave it as is. The cut time signature isn't exactly the same as a cut time signature in modern music. For one, it doesn't dictate 2 half notes to a measure. If you really want bar lines, you'll have to add them one at a time as you've been doing.

In reply to by mike320

I agree the original music probably had no barlines, but most players like to have some guide, so many editors use Mensurstrich as a compromise. I am hoping to transpose this polyphonic renaissance piece, and, through the editing process, add back the Mensurstrich barlines, which seems to be possible in Musescore. Is there any way for me to use Musescore to add barlines back en masse? It sounds like you're saying "no". If I have to add them one at a time, it's not feasible.

In reply to by dsolet

My initial idea was to use Format->Style and check Display note value across measure bondaries, changing the time sig to 4/4 then cut time, but this put the bars every whole note and ruined the score. The biggest problem is that the measure lengths are irregular. You will have some measures that must be 6 beats long, because the dotted whole note should not be split up. As a result, you will need to manually enter bar lines. To simplify this, you can define a shortcut for "Split measure before selected note." Click a note that starts the measure, press the shortcut, click a note, press a button and so forth. It's a bit tedious but far better than using the multiple menu levels necessary otherwise.

I haven't used Mensurstrich in version 3, so I'm not sure how well it works now. If someone is used to Gregorian chant, they can handle the score as is.

In reply to by dsolet

Hello Mike,
FYI, I'm working on another way of doing this. Create a blank score with the correct time and key signatures. Then copy/paste from the imported score to the new score. The measure lines are provided. Then follow the steps in https://musescore.org/en/handbook/early-music-features to display note values across measure bar and create Mensurstrich bar lines. It seems to work, no need to enter bar lines individually.

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