Trouble with old (maybe unusual) repeat scheme

• Mar 8, 2021 - 06:03

I am re-engraving an old 1770s Saint-Georges string quartet (no score, only parts) and trying to figure out how to make the repeat scheme work while staying as close to the original as possible. Mm.16 is the troublesome measure, with ONLY the Violin 1 part having a double bar in mid bar to set off an eighth note pickup...

while the double bar is at the END of the measure on ALL other parts (e.g., here is cello part).

I am unsure how to handle this in a score, and because of the movement's overall segno repeat scheme (see image at end of this message), I am a bit flummoxed. I was wondering if I could use voltas to handle it, but in a mockup I created (VoltaTest file attached), the 1st ending is skipped during playback (everything else is ok). Maybe the problem is because it is looking for the "missing" start repeat, although I hoped the D.C. would take precedence.

Anybody have any thoughts on how to deal with this measure in my score (and parts) so it looks as close to the original as possible, as well as plays back correctly? Thanks for any thoughts or suggestions.


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The volta is not ignored because of a "missing" start repeat at all, it is compared against the playback count corresponding to its start repeat, which happens to match the one before it. Given that there is another end repeat inbetween them, your first volta will only be encountered during the 2nd repeat playback (in reference of that start repeat).
If the volta has a repeatlist of "2" it will be honored and that measure will be played back. If you left it at the default value of "1", then indeed that measure will be skipped and your volta will "hide" the D.C. instruction beneath it.

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