Lesson 7 Sibelius

 
View Options
 
When working on a score there may be times when you really want to do some fine editing and need to change the view ratio.
 
To change the view ratio, select the
View Tab and click on the Zoom icon pull down menu.
 
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You may then choose how you want to view your score. The following screen shot is at 200%
 
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This allows you to really do some fine editing. You can also view a larger portion of your score by selecting a lower percentage. Experiment with the different view settings.
 
Layout And Printing
 
Entering notes, articulations, and score information is only part of what Sibelius does. You also need to be able to print out parts and a clean looking score as well.
 
I am really sorry, but we are going back to that string quartet document again.
 
Create the following using our string quartet template:
 
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Once you have created the above excerpt, copy and paste it again after a two-measure rest in each part.
 
You should have something that looks as follows:
 
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Note: That I have deleted all the extra measures except the last six
 
 
Showing Multirests
 
Sibelius will also allow you to combine measures with rests into
Mulitrests.
 
Select the
Layout Tab and then the Show Multirests
 
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You will now see the following:
 
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To return back to our original view, select the
Layout Tab and then click on the Show Multirests icon again.
 
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Page Size And Layout
 
Sebelius allows you to format your document any number of ways before you send it to a printer.
 
For example, go to the
Layout Tab and click on the Orientation icon
 
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For this example, select
Landscape. You will now see your score converted to landscape view for your printer.
 
You can also change your
Page Size by clicking on the Size icon
 
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You are now presented with a number of page sizes for your document.  In this case, I chose
A5
 
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Your document page size will now be changed.
 
Staff Spacing
 
There may be times when you are writing a score where you want to space your staves further apart because notes and stems may be running into one another.
There are two basic methods for doing this. My may specify which staves you want to optimize by selecting them.
 
Here is an extreme example.
 
These two staves have some issues.
 
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I then shift-click to select them both.
 
I select the
Layout Tab and click on Optimize
 
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Sibelius will now solve my problem.
 
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If you want to
optimize your entire score. Don’t select any staff and then click on the Optimize icon.
 
You will now see the following message:
 
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Click
Yes and your entire score will now be optimized.
 
Creating Title Pages
 
While you can create a
title page when you first create your score, you can also create one if you forgot that step.
 
Select the
Layout Tab and click on the Title Page icon.
 
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You will now see the following dialog box:
 
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Enter in your desired info and click
OK and a new title page will appear.
 
 
Removing Title Pages
 
To remove a
Title Page, select the View Tab and locate the Invisibles Box. Make sure that the Layout Marks box is selected.
 
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You will now notice a little
page box attached to the upper left-hand side of your first notation page.
 
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Click on that box to select it and then hit the
delete key on your computer keyboard. Your title page will now be removed.
 
Dynamic Parts
 
Up to this point we have been working in score view. We are now going to be looking at our individual string parts from our dreaded string quartet document.
 
Make sure that you still have the Vivaldi excerpt (yes, that was Vivaldi that you entered in the above excerpt).
 
Go to the
Parts Tab. This allows you to edit your parts individually, together, or to a specific section of a part.
 
To view a part from your score, click on the New Part icon.
 
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You will now see a familiar dialog box:
 
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To view your
Violin 1 Part, highlight it in the left-hand column and then click Add To Part>>
 
You will now see it appear in the right hand column. Remember, we have done this before when adding staves!
 
You may one or all of your parts.
 
After you have added your part, you will now see the part appear on your screen.
 
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You will also notice that there are now new tabs across the top of the Sibelius workspace.
 
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Simply, click on a tab to select
Full Score or the part that you want to view.
Editing A Part
 
Any change that you make in a part, will also be changed in your score.
 
In the example below, I changed the first note of the Violin I part by putting it down an octave.
 
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When I switch to the
Score Tab notice that the note has also been changed in the score:
 
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Extracting A Part
 
When you
Extract A Part in Sibelius you create a working copy of the original part that you can edit and change without affecting the score or other parts. You are, in essence, creating a new score.
 
To
Extract A Part, click on the Extract icon
 
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You will now see the following dialog box:
 
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Click
Yes and you will now see the following:
 
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Before you type in any info, let’s take a closer look at the following dialog box:
 
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Sibelius refers to these as
Wildcards and you need to include at least one of them in your filename dialog box.
 
In my case, I want my part in the
Date Format, so I enter the following filename:
 
%d Violin 1.sib
 
Note that it is important to keep the
.sib suffix, so that Sibelius will recognize this as a Sibelius’ file.
 
I have entered in the following:
 
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Click
OK and you should now see a date stamped version of your Violin I part appear on your desktop
 
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Sibelius has now created an independent Violin I part that you can edit without affecting your original parts or score! You will also see the part pop up into your Sibelius window.
 
Project 15
 

Create a Date Stamped part using Sibelius’ Extract command.
 
 

 
 
 
Creating A Piano Reduction
 
Sibelius will also allow you to instantly create a
piano reduction of any full score.
 
Keep your Vivaldi original score example open.
 
Make sure that the
Full Score tab is selected.
 
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We are now going to add a piano stave to our score.
 
Select the
Home Tab and then click on Add or Remove icon
 
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You should once again see a familiar dialog box: Select
Piano from the Keyboards pull down menu:
 
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Click on the
Add to Score button to add this to the right column.
 
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Click
OK and you may see the following dialog box:
 
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I generally click
Yes! You will now see a piano stave in your string quartet score.
 
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You are now going to
Triple Click on the Violin I staff so that the entire staff is selected.
 
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Shift Click on the Violin II staff so that it is also selected.
 
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Select the
Note Input Tab and then click on the Reduce Icon in the Arrange Box,
 
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You will now see the following dialog box:
 
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Since we want to put the Violin I and II parts into the top piano staff, use the above settings and then click
OK.
 
You will now see the Violin I and II part reduced into the top piano stave.
 
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Repeat the above process for the Viola and Cello part, placing them into the bottom piano stave. You will now have your piano reduction.
 
 
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Project 16
 

Create a Piano Reduction of the Vivaldi string Quartet example from above.

 
Exploding Music
 
Sibelius also allows you to
Explode Music into other staves. This is especially useful if you are composing or arranging instrumental parts at the piano (like I usually do).
 
Create the following score setup in a new Sibelius Project:
 
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Enter the following sax soli into the piano part:
 
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Now select the top piano staff.
 
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Select the
Note Input Tab and click on the Explode Icon in the Arrange Box
 
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Since we want the top three voices to go into the two alto parts and the tenor 1 part, enter the following information:
 
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Click
OK and then select the staves you want to Explode the music into:
 
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Click
OK and you will now see the following:
 
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Since the bass part of the piano is a single line, we just need to copy and paste it into the second tenor sax part:
 
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Remember that we are viewing this project in concert pitch. To view a transposed version, select the
Home Tab and click on the Transposing Score Icon.
 
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You will now see your score in transposed view.
 
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Hit the
Spacebar to hear your sax soli.

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