Seconda Volta with Da Capo al Fine

• Nov 27, 2019 - 17:49

I am trying to use "Prima Volta" and "Seconda Volta" with a repetition caused by a "D.C. al Fine". But the playback does not want to jump into the second volta as I'd like it to do. It repeats the piece without jumping into the second volta and though does not reach "Fine", but plays until the end of scores instead.

That's my file:

Am I doing something wrong?


A Volta needs always a repeat bar line. I'm not sure about the roadmap of your score, but maybe you want to notate it similar like attached (for corect music notation of "Voltas" or "repeats and jumps" see the chapters of the handbook)?

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I guess you want it to play just the prima volta (1) and then continue after the seconda volta, and then in the D.C. take the Seconda volta instead of the prima volta. I have seen scores like this, but you cannot do it like this if you want MuseScore to play it as you intend.

Instead I propose that you make the seconda volta into a coda and put it at the end. ANd replace the D.C. al Fine with D.C. al Coda.

Thank you. Yes exactly.

For prints/view I don't want to use the coda solution, it does not "feel" correct in this case.
But I will if I need a correct playback.

In reply to by paulwellnerbou

It's not just about correct playback, it's about correct notation so human musicians reading the score will understand. What you have doesn't work for MuseScore playback or for humans - voltas by definition only apply to repeats, so someone reading this will be as confused as MuseScore. Either change to using repeats, or use a coda with your DC, but voltas without repeats just aren't a thing.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thank you for the clarification.

I remember having seen scores where it is used in exactly the same way... which does not necessarily mean that it is correct, I know.

I changed it to the Coda-way now. It works for now... I am still not really happy with it, for me this is not a Coda, but just a slightly different version of the last two measures of the main part of the piece. But the music is what counts, not the notation... So better not confusing anyone, neither Musescore nor other readers ;-)

Thank you very much!

In reply to by paulwellnerbou

Coda is an often a confusing term in describing music. I've often heard "The movement of the symphony ends with a...coda..." I look at the score and there is no coda written on the score. Sometimes these "codas" introduce some themes that haven't previously been heard in that movement, sometimes it does. Sometimes the codas are nearly as long as the rest of the song, sometimes they are a few measures.

As for when I have seen and used codas written, they are used as part of the road map of the score. The simply tell the musicians where the next notes to be played can be found.

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