Octaves or Transposing not working

• Jan 4, 2016 - 17:43

I'm trying to re-create Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony Allegro Con Fuoco in musescore2.


I don't know much about band and how to write their music but when I put it in like it says, it sounds like its in different octaves. If someone could explain how could I fix this I could finish this amazing piece.

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In order to help much, we would need you to post the actual score, not just a picture of it. From the picture, though, it looks like you simply entered the notes incorrectly, though. For instance, the first note for flute is supposed to be E but you entered a D#. Oboes should be E & G but you entered F# & A. And so on.

In reply to by TheLordNSavior

I misunderstood the photos; I didn't notice they didn't start at the same measure.

Anyhow, your problem is that you have enabled Concert Pitch mode, whereas this is not a concert pitch score - it is atransposed score. When you created the score, it should have concert pitch turned off, and all the key signatures would have been correct - MuseScore handles all the transposition for you. It appears you turned concert pitch off and then manually adjusted all the key signatures to appear as if they were transposed rather than concert pitch. Unfortunately, it will be difficult to correct this mistake at this point, but not impossible.

Start by turning concert pitch back off (how it was originally0, and then dragging the G major / E minor (one sharp) key signature back to the first measure. You'll then need to manually transpose the clarinet and horn parts by selecting the contents of those staves and using Notes / Transpose to transpose the clarinet part down by a minor third. The horn part I am not sure sure about - the score says "E" but I am not sure that is really correct.

I suspect that you created the score in Concert Pitch but then copied notes from a score not in Concert Pitch so the transposing instruments have the wrong notes and wrong Key Signatures.

When copying an orchestral score, create the blank score then turn Concert Pitch off before you enter the notes for the transposing instruments.

Concert Pitch ON is a useful feature if you are composing, arranging or altering a piece and have several transposing instruments as it can help with getting the pitches right but for straight copying it is better OFF (unless copying from a transposed score).

When Concert Pitch is ON the Key Signatures are usually all the same.

In reply to by TheLordNSavior

Unless for some reaosn you need to see it in concert pitch, you should not touch that button at all. It's meant mostly for people who are *composing* music, not for people who are *copying* music. If you are copying music, the originals are almost always transposed already, so you'd never need to see the notes at concert pitch - you'd only ever want to see them at written outing. When you first create the score, concert pitch is off, and you shoudl should leave it off always.

I am confused about the brass parts, so I will let someone else answer about that. I've never heard of any instrument pitched in E before. If that really is what is intended, you will have to set up that transposition manually in Staff Properties, I guess.

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