While Sibelius 7.5 added many new features in the way of playback and performance, here’s one that’s been around a while longer, but you may not have noticed it: the ability to manually specify the playback order of bars.
From the Reference:
In scores with very complex repeat structures (e.g. songs with more than one coda), Sibelius’s automatic interpretation of the repeats in the score may not be sufficient. If you find this is the case, choose Play > Interpretation > Repeats and choose Manual repeats playback.
This allows you to specify the exact order in which the bars in the score are played back by typing ranges of bar numbers in a comma separated list. Sibelius displays the current automatic playback sequence to get you started, and you can go back to the automatic sequence by clicking Restore Default Order.
If you have multiple songs, pieces or movements within the same score, leave a blank line between each set of bar numbers corresponding to a single song, piece or movement to tell Sibelius to play a gap there.
In scores that use bar number changes, or whose first bar is not numbered 1, beware that the Play > Interpretation > Repeats dialog requires you to use internal bar numbers, i.e. counting all bars in the score only once, and the first bar in the score, even if it is a pick-up (upbeat) bar, is number 1.
Beware also that if you add or delete bars, you should return to Play > Interpretation > Repeats and update the list of bars to ensure that they are still played in the correct order.
In the above example, then, Sibelius will play, in order:
- bars 1-8
- bars 5-8 twice
- bars 1-4
- bars 9-12
- a small gap of silence
- bars 13-16
- (skip bars 17-20)
- bars 21-24
In addition the caveats noted in the Reference, be aware that Sibelius will not display bar numbers for any bars which have been skipped. For more information about this, as well as working with coda systems during playback, see these Avid Knowledge Base articles: