With the features in Sibelius being so deep and broad, sooner or later you’ll need to troubleshoot a problem in your score. Relying on the help of others can be invaluable to help get to the bottom of an issue, but if the music you’re working with is proprietary, you’re caught in a conundrum. Share the score and expose your genius (or that of your client’s) to the greater world, or be stuck with a potentially unsolvable bug.
As is so often the case, Bob Zawalich has invented an ingenious solution. His new plug-in, Disguise Score, makes a copy of a score, or of the music contained within a passage selection, deleting previous versions. It then optionally randomizes the pitches and text of the score and all the parts, effectively hiding the music while retaining its general structure.
This is a plugin you can use to make a copy of a score, or an excerpt of a score, and disguise the music and text so it will not be anything anyone would be interested in stealing. You can then post the score on this web site, for example, so someone could look at it and figure out why the bar numbers have disappeared.
It removes previous versions of the score, and scrambles the text and notes in all the parts, so someone would have to work pretty hard to identify the original score.
On the other hand, it tries not to be so disruptive that it would destroy the characteristics of the score that are causing it to have problems. If you use it to demonstrate a problem, be sure to check that the problem still exists in the generated score.
As an example, the first screenshot shows a page from a score before disguising, and the second screenshot shows it afterward.
Perhaps a side benefit will be coming up with new and interesting harmonies — or titles — you had never before imagined!
Disguise Score may be downloaded directly through Sibelius 7 or 7.5 at File > Plug-ins > Install Plug-ins > Composing Tools. Users may also install it manually in Sibelius 6, 7 or 7.5 by visiting the plug-in download page and following the usual manual installation procedure, or by using the Install New Plug-in plug-in.