How to create a cut time signature

• Nov 14, 2020 - 08:52

I'd like to create a custom time signature with a nominal value of 4/2 and the visual appearance of a cut C. To make an ordinary C, one adds a capital C in the numerator box, but I haven't found a way to add the line. If I start with the pre-defined cut-C signature, it changes to 4/2 if I adjust the rhythmic values.


In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

That becomes quite cumbersome if there are several time signature changes and many voices. I was wondering how to create a custom time signature with a cut C in the Master Palette area, as described in the handbook. Is that not possible at all?

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

That is not the problem. As I stated in my first post, I can't find a way to create a time signature with the nominal value of 4/2 and the visual appearance of a cut C. If I take the pre-defined cut-C signature in the master palette as a point of departure, the visual sig changes to "4/2".

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

They may not be NOW, but when they were invented, in the Renaissance, they were. Anyway, that shouldn't be relevant to the question: can I in any way enter something in the text box for creating time signature to get a Cut C symbol? I can enter a cap-C and get a C signature, so it's not that it's impossible to create time signatures that aren't what they seem to be. Screenshot from 2020-11-14 14-02-27.png

In reply to by eyolf

I think you need to do this in a different order.

  1. Start by creating a 4/2 time signature.
  2. Add that to the score
  3. Right click on the 4/2 time signature in the score to edit it.
  4. Tick the cut-C box.
  5. Add the edited cut-C = 4/2 time signature to a pallet for future use.

This is what it looks like:


Here's what I did in one score: (see file); it's the notation for 4/2 Schubert used in the impromptu in Gb, although his editor ix-nayed it. And yes, it was a lot of work! Elsewhere, I have used a single ¢ to represent 4/2.

BTW the ability to have a measure's actual duration different from it's nominal one, is a flexiblity in MuseScore that I really admire.

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