Creating Parts

• Jun 24, 2015 - 22:45

My name is Henry Pool and I am a composer of tonal classical music. My works, written with MuseScore, are published at in PDF, MIDI & MP3 format. A short time ago I downloaded MuseScore 2.0.1 and I am trying to work with it. Not so easy. Now I encountered a problem for which I did not find a solution in the MuseScore Handbook by Sabbatini, which I just bought or in the Handbook online. This is the problem: creating parts. The score has 13 staves. I can create the parts even with one click, but ... when I open the parts, I see ... that there is NO instrument name in front of the stave, neither when I make the parts one by one, while that name clearly appears in the score! And ... the parts are connected to the score! I generally publish the score and the parts in separate PDF books, otherwise the PDF book would be way too big. And ... imagine someone printing out the parts and wanting to start a rehearsal and by accident dropping the part pages on the floor ... How is that person to figure out what is what? By time consuming checking with the score, while the rehearsal has to start in a few minutes??
Another problem I couldn't figure out is: how to get the dynamics stay, where I put them and not jump away like a rabbit??
Thanks for any reply!


Normally each part should have the instrument name quite clearly. If you'd like to attach the score here, I or somebody else can take a look at it and, if necessary, add them back in (or you can, with Add -> Text -> Part Name). As to the "linking" of the parts, this in no way makes them print as a single file—go to File -> Export Parts… and you can create separate PDFs for each part.

Okay, now that you've attached the score, I opened it and went to File -> Parts…, clicked "New All," and clicked "OK." It looks correct to me—the part names are there, in their standard place in the top left corner. See attached exported PDF, for example. What's really interesting is that the title and composer, unlike the part name, are not there. Like part names, though, you can add those back in with Add -> Text. (With linked parts, you only have to add it back in one part or in the main score and it will propagate to all of them.)

As to the dynamics issue you mentioned before, the way it works in MuseScore 2 is that if you drag a dynamic from the palette, a dotted line will appear between the dynamic and the nearest note until you drop it, at which point it will snap to the default position relative to that note. Adjustments to its position can be done using the Inspector. If you're having trouble getting it to attach to the correct note in the first place, it's probably best to add it by first selecting the note you want it to attach to, and then double-clicking the dynamic in the palette.

EDIT: By the way, I'm pleased and proud of myself for having been able to read "p'tikhah" ("opening") in that tempo at the beginning. Normally I'm mostly helpless with anything other than English. ;-)

Published music does not normally include part names in front of each staff - it is normally printed in the top left corner only. So that is what MuseScore does by default when you generate parts, and that is exactly what it does with your score. If for some reaosn you want to *also* show the part name in front of each staff, you can turn off the "Hide instrument name if there is only 1 nstrument" in Style / General. Do this while viewing a part, then press Apply to all Parts.

For Dynamics, they shouldn't move unless you move them, but if you do wish to move them, then as explained above, use the Inspector or arrow keys rather than dragging unless your intent is to change which note they are attached to.

Sabatella is the name, not Sabbatini...
Part names are in the upper right corner, in the title frame. If you want them also at the beginning of the stave, go to Style/General.../Score and untick the box at "hide instrument name if there is only 1 instrument" (or some such, I'm looking at the German version)
On top you can add "$:partName:" to the page numbers in Style/General/Header,Footer,Numbers, something like "$:partName: $P/$n" in odd/right and even/left footers

Oops, why on earth didn't I notice Marc's reply?

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Hmm, even though the score does not have a title frame, the act of generate parts should create title frames all around, precisely for this reason - to have a place to put the instrument name. Henry, did you delete those frame after generating the parts? The part name that appeared there is the one MuseScore expects you to use - it appears in the top left corner just as is normally done in published music.

Yes I saw the "title frame" coming up without me requesting so. I never use that. If you go to Henry Pool at you will see that (with just one exception) all my works are published in this way:
1. Title page, giving all required info about the composition, including if it is only Score or Parts or Score & Part(s). If Score + Parts makes the PDF too large, I split them in two PDFs, one with the Score only and one with the Parts only. It makes a difference for the downloaders. Some works are downloaded more as a Score and some more as Parts.
2. List of all my compositions.
3. Copyright
4. Page with the word Score or the word Parts.
5. The actual Score or the actual Parts.

When I start a new composition I skip the first screen with the "title frame" and go straight to the next one with info about the actual music.

I got rid of: "Hide instrument name if there is only one instrument" and I got all the parts with the instrument name in front of the staves (long or short). I have always done it like that. I like it that way.

"By the way" my compliments to the team who made MuseScore 2.0.1. After getting my first "stumble blocks" out of the way, I begin to see that this program is actually very good. Thanks!

In reply to by hpoocl15

You're welcome, and yes, we think it is very good too :-)

BTW, I don't understand why you don't want the title on your score or parts. Seems if you are worried about someone dropping the stack of music on the floor and mixing up which *part* is which, you should be even more worried about someone dropping their stack of music and mixing up which *composition* is which. In fact, it is pretty much *inevtiable* that this confusion will happen even if people don't actually drop their music.

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