I'm not really sure which forum to post this in or if it is even appropriate, however here goes:
I am having trouble understanding the notation and playback of a score I purchased with the intention of recreating in MuseScore 3 and was hoping someone with more experience could enlighten me so I may better understand how it should be scored so it plays back correctly, whatever “correctly” is. I also hope to find out if the notation is something that is normal for this type of score (a show tune) and something I just need to understand better.
Initially rather than post the actual score, I created a test score (attached) with the same characteristics. The actual song is the full version of "Mountain Greenery" by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart.
A version of the original score can be viewed here:
The song has two verses, two choruses OR two lines in the same chorus (not sure how to interpret it), and a third section which I assume is something called the “patter”. However, the score I purchased and another original published copy I reviewed only show a single repeat at the first Volta, which essentially gets you back to the next line of the chorus and the second Volta. From there, it goes into the “patter” and ends.
My question is; what about the 2nd verse and what is the purpose of the 3rd Volta, since it never plays (in my mind) as scored and what does "Trio-Patter" mean? Unfortunately, there many recorded versions of this song and none is the same so that is of no help, nor does the online source I purchased the score from offer a playback feature.
Also of note, in the version I purchased there was a “Fine” at the 2nd Volta, although there was no other repeat direction (DS al Fine, DC al Fine) telling you how to get to that Fine. I did NOT include that Fine in the test score.
The original score does not have that "Fine" however it does have fermatas over the double barline between Volta 2 & 3 and over the final barline. I included those fermatas in the test score since they may have a meaning I don't understand.
My assumption is that the 2nd verse should follow the “patter” and the song should end at the 3rd Volta however getting that playback in MuseScore is befuddling to me and I’m not sure that is correct anyway.
I don’t consider this a MuseScore problem but rather a theory question so I apologize for placing it in the forum. If the moderators feel it is inappropriate, feel free to delete it.
Regardless, any insight into understanding this notation is appreciated.