Page Sizes And Systems Per Page

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Page Sizes And Systems Per Page

Post by GTBannah » Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:08 pm

Hello!

For school ensembles, I use 8.5 x 11 paper, with four to six bars per system, and eight to ten systems, for parts.

With a reasonable busy piece, what are the standard details for orchestral parts; page size, bars per system, systems per page etc?

How you you, more experienced folk, approach this situation?

I was looking the page size options in Dorico, and didn't see anything that looked much bigger than what i already use. I'm searching through, "Behind Bars" for clues, but apparently, my "key words" aren't adequate.

Your guidance will be appreciated.

Thank you!
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Re: Page Sizes And Systems Per Page

Post by dankreider » Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:20 pm

Search for “MOLA score guidelines.”
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Re: Page Sizes And Systems Per Page

Post by Rob Tuley » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:12 pm

GTBannah wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:08 pm
I was looking the page size options in Dorico, and didn't see anything that looked much bigger than what i already use.
Just looking at the length and width and thinking "13 x 10 isn't much bigger than 11 x 8.5" can be misleading.

If you ignore the page margins which are about the same size for both, a 13 x 10 page has about 50% more useable area than 11 x 8.5. That means about 50% more bars of music for the same staff size, and easier choices of good places for page turns, etc.

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Post by ChuckDimeCliff » Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:13 pm

9″×12″ page size with ½″ margins and 7.0mm staff size is standard for orchestral parts.

MOLA bases their staff size on hand copied music. 8.5mm is quite exaggerated for computer engraved music.

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Re: Page Sizes And Systems Per Page

Post by GTBannah » Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:04 am

Rob Tuley wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:12 pm

Just looking at the length and width and thinking "13 x 10 isn't much bigger than 11 x 8.5" can be misleading.
You have a point, there. :)
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Re: Page Sizes And Systems Per Page

Post by GTBannah » Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:05 am

Thank you for the responses, everyone!

The research (and hopefully, the growth) continues. :D
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