As a composer and an arts administrator, I work by hand on both musical scores and countless documents at the office. Over the years, I have come to rely on certain pens.
I have tried out Finale's part-making capabilities in version 25, and used linked parts for the first time. Here are my notes.
I have finished engraving the score to my latest orchestral work. I will be scanning and re-scanning it for a while, but for now the score is done.
As noted in my last post about this, my current work centers around engraving the score of an orchestral work composed in Finale version 25. So far I have 6 pages engraved, with 3 more pages of music and 2 more pages of cover/title information (the cover and inside cover will be made in Microsoft Word).
I wanted to provide this score so we can evaluate the areas that need engraving. Here is a laundry list of things that need to be changed. You can go through the score and see how chaotic things are pre-engraving, and how much work needs to be done to make the music playable.
I write a lot about technology here. But there is no technology more important to a composer than paper. Whether one uses pen or pencil, the use of paper is integral to one's development as a beginning composer and as an advanced one.
My latest exploration of Dorico, a deeper look and learning of Write mode, is complete. My work "Variations on Hartford (3 Preludes for Piano)" is finished.
I have continued to expand my fluency with Dorico. I have been focusing on familiarity with Write Mode over the past week or so, by composing a set of 3 preludes for piano.