Alto G Ocarina not transposed as it should

• Jan 7, 2023 - 15:49

This is my first post here, so please kindly point me in the right direction if I have gone about this the wrong way. After about a decade with LilyPond and dabbling in Finale before that since 2000, now MuseScore 4 has just about made a convert of me.

For practicing purposes, I am recreating one of my previous scores I originally did in LilyPond. This one is for Alto G ocarina, which is a transposing instrument, but it appears that MuseScore has it configured to sound at concert pitch. In standard notation for this instrument, written middle C when played on this instrument corresponds to the G a perfect 5th above it on a piano.

I have been able to edit this instrument in this score using the settings below (in Staff/Part Properties) to behave correctly, but it would be nice if choosing this instrument during score setup would already be set up this way from the beginning. Or have I mixed up something?

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Just a bold shot: try to create an empty score with the correct instrument settings and save it as a user defined template (i.e. save it in the Templates folder defined in Preferences); be warned that the title is used as display name in the templates section.

Ultimately this should be fixed in the instruments.xml (see Preferences - Score for the folder, it's in the same folder as orders.xml) by adding


after the <pPitchRange> tag (somewhere after line ~1240]

But it appears that all of the transposing ocarinas are missing the transposition settings so it might be worth opening a formal issue for that.

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