The change is most noticeable on dynamics such as “mp” and “ppp”, but subtle changes are visible on other dynamics as well. In the above example, the old version is on the first staff, and the newest version is on the second staff.
We’re accustomed to seeing ligatures in ordinary text, as shown in the lyrics in the example above. Sibelius supports automatic ligatures, including those in music text, as long as the ligatures are defined in the font.
The generous Sibelius expert Robin Walker identified the need for this in Norfolk Text and has spent a good deal of time over the last couple of weeks making sure that the font works well in Sibelius 6 and higher. Full credit for this update goes to him. Thanks, Robin!
We expect that when Steinberg’s scoring program is released, dynamics will appear this way by default, as they already do in programs that use the original SMuFL version of Bravura, like StaffPad and MuseScore 2.
We are optimistic that pre-sets for the Norfolk fonts (though not the fonts themselves) will be included in a future Sibelius update, which means that users will simply be able to select Norfolk from the list of music fonts in Text > Format > Edit All Fonts and not need to spend time first setting it up in File > Preferences > Music Fonts. Until then, though, it is necessary to do so, so be sure to carefully read the documentation included with the font suite to get going with it in Sibelius.
Various other small fixes are included in this update, so head on over to the NYC Music Services page to download the entire set for free, if you haven’t already. If you’ve downloaded the Norfolk fonts previously by registering your e-mail address, you have already been notified of the update with a link sent to you via e-mail.