Sibelius : Copy Music with Alternating Meters into a New Location of your Score

Q: I am working on a piece with a lot of meter changes. I don’t know how I can repeat or make copies of those changes. There is a 4 bar pattern with meter changes as 4/4, 3/4, 4/4, (4/4). e.g. the 2nd bar of the pattern is always 3/4. However, when I copy and paste the 4 bars, the meter change isn’t copied. And, when I insert 3/4 and 4/4, the rebarring creates unwanted rests and destroys the pattern! How can I solve this problem?

A: On Mac, if you hold down the Command key when you make a selection, (use the Command key to select one bar, then hold down the Shift key to extend your selection) the selection area will be Purple, not Blue:

This purple selection denotes a ’system’ selection, rather than a ’staff’ selection, so it will apply to all staves of the score.

With this selection made, you can copy this to the clipboard and then paste these bars anywhere else, and the paste will include ‘system’ elements such as meter changes, key signature changes, tempo and rehearsal marks etc., as well as ‘staff’ elements, such as your music and text and articulations which apply only to those specific staves.
Furthermore, if you have a couple of bars that are repeated sequentially one right after the other, with this type of selection made, you can type the “r” key to repeat the passage immediately (including meter changes).
That’s all there is to it.
~robert

4 Replies to “Sibelius : Copy Music with Alternating Meters into a New Location of your Score”

  1. Caro Robert:
    Como faço para ouvir apenas uma voz em uma pauta que contém duas vozes diferentes?
    Obrigado

    1. Olá! Não existe uma função adequada para silenciar a reprodução apenas para uma voz no Sibelius. Para ouvir apenas uma voz de duas vozes; Você pode usar o filtro de voz para selecionar temporariamente apenas a voz 1 ou 2. Agora mude o cabeçalho da voz para # 9 em silêncio. Mude novamente para a voz 0 (normal) quando terminar.

      There is no proper feature for silencing playback for one voice only in Sibelius. To hear just one voice of two voices; You can use the voice filter to temporarily select just voice 1 or 2. Now change that voice’s notehead to #9 silent. Change back to voice 0 (normal) when done.

  2. Obrigado Robert.
    Suas explicações tem sido de muito valor.
    Sou leitor assíduo do seu blog e muito tenho aprendido com suas dicas.
    Abraço

  3. Obrigado Robert.
    Suas explicações tem sido muito úteis.
    Sou leitor assíduo do seu blog e muito tenho aprendido com suas dicas.

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