This is for those who write musical scores the traditional way i.e. notes on a stave either by hand or using notation software such as Finale or Sibelius.
I am curious to know how you assign your staves when using say 2 or 3 (or 4 in the case of horns) of the same instruments.
When creating a full orchestral score where you have e.g. 2 Bb clarinets .. do you use a separate stave for each or do you place both clarinet parts on the same stave.
If your full orchestral score included a choir do you do the same for them. Would you place Sop and Alto together on one staff and Ten and Bass on another staff or would you assign separate S A T B staves.
I know that assigning individual staves for each individual instrument would lengthen a score but this is easily accommodated with modern notation processors and a range of different size manuscript papers. I realise that there is a trade-off and that some might prefer fewer staves on the score whereas others would prefer what they feel is a clearer instrumental layout.
If anyone in the forums works regularly with professional orchestral scores is there a traditional, accepted way for this.
What do you think?