Mixed time signatures in same system

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Mixed time signatures in same system

Post by Iatros » Sat Sep 04, 2021 11:42 pm

I'm trying to copy (for personal use) part of a piece by Benjamin Britten which has mixed time signatures within the same system:
Mixed Time signatures.jpg
I haven't been able to find a way to do this in Finale 2014. Can anyone help?

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Re: Mixed time signatures in same system

Post by Peter Thomsen » Sun Sep 05, 2021 5:44 am

One way to do it.

* See the attached Finale document.

This does not have to be particular time consuming if you know how to “work faster, not harder”.
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Re: Mixed time signatures in same system

Post by Iatros » Sun Sep 05, 2021 6:36 pm

Thanks Peter but I don't understand how you did that. When I try to change the metrre in one staff, it is changed in all of them in the system. How do I get around that?

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Re: Mixed time signatures in same system

Post by Iatros » Sun Sep 05, 2021 7:05 pm

Ah! I think I've figured it out! It's a bit arcane though. The Multiple Time Signatures page in the manual wasn't easy to find. Thanks again.

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Re: Mixed time signatures in same system

Post by Peter Thomsen » Sun Sep 05, 2021 8:02 pm

Only the top staff has Independent Time Signature selected in the Staff Attributes.

In the top staff I changed only the “display” time signature (to 6/4), while maintaining the “real” time signature.

The notes in 6/4 are entered as triplets: 3 Quarters in the space of 2 Quarters

But the triplets display “Nothing” for both the Number and the Bracket.
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Re: Mixed time signatures in same system

Post by Iatros » Mon Sep 06, 2021 1:57 am

OK! At last I've muddled my way through this and it looks right on the page. Thank you so much!

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