how to insert crescendo and diminuendo

• Sep 7, 2015 - 06:48

I cannot find how to insert crescendo (or cresc.) and diminuendo (or dim.) in a score with 2.0. This was possible in earlier versions. I mean the words not the hairpins. Thank you.
Federico Miyara


I'd actually recommend adding a regular dynamic marking then changing the text, that way it will get the right default position & font.

The next version of MuseScore will include new elements for these, complete with (optional) dashed lines.

In reply to by fmiyara

When I described using dynamics, I meant a regular dynamic marking like "mp", then edit the tex.t True, it won't affect playback, but playback is always of secondary importance in MuseScore. if for some reason you have a situation where the playback is important, then yes, the extra step of adding a true hairpin then marking it invisible would be required, but this takes only two clicks: after selecting the region you want the crescendo to apply to, simply press "< V" and you're done.

When I mentioned the new facility the next release, I meant there will be two new elements on the Lines palette, labeled "cresc. - - -" and "dim. - - -", and you will be able to add them directly to your score with no changes required unless you feel like hiding the dashed line (which can be done with a single click in the Inspector). These elements will behave *exactly* like hairpins, and in fact, there will also be a new checkbox in the Inspector that will allow you to instantly toggle between regular hairpin and the new cresc/dim lines.

In reply to by rockhammer

FWIW, the period is standard engraving practive. While removing it wouldn't hurt, it's usually better to follow standard conventions unless there is a good specific reason to deviate.

Note the cresc. Line is also found on the standard palette (in Advanced workspace, anyhow, not sure about Basic). So no need to use the Insepctor to convert a regular hairpin into one of those.

I had this problem too and started a thread. Now I have a custom palette called "words" (if you--like me--have MacOS there are special tricks required, see below).

I did what was recommended here and put a remade dynamic marking into a score, then changed it to "crescendo" with the correct font and in italics and dragged that into the custom palette. I have since added about 8 others: diminuendo, marcato, espressivo, dolce etc. If I need rare words I edit one of the ones on palette.

For Mac: to drag items into a custom palette one has to use shift-command-drag. To make this work with MacOS you have to pick up the item with shift-command-drag, then release the shift and command keys, but keep your finger on the mouse button and now you can drag and drop it into the palette.

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