Setting different clefs for concert/transposed pitch

You can set clef changes to show a different clef in concert pitch layouts compared to transposed pitch layouts. For example, if you want a clef change on a Bass Clarinet staff to appear as a treble clef in the part layout but as a bass clef in the full score layout.

  • These steps only apply to clefs you have input, as you cannot select initial clefs or the clefs shown automatically at the start of each system.

  • Many instruments in Dorico Pro show different clefs in full score/custom score and part layouts by default. You can select the appropriate instrument type from the instrument picker when adding or changing instruments.

  • You can also override the default clef shown in each layout.


If you are in Engrave mode, Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.


  1. Select the clefs whose concert/transposed pitch versions you want to change. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. Choose one of the following options:
    • To change the concert pitch version of the selected clefs, choose Edit > Notations > Clef > Concert Pitch > [Clef].

    • To change the transposed pitch version of the selected clefs, choose Edit > Notations > Clef > Transposed Pitch > [Clef].


      You can also choose these options from the context menu.


The clefs shown at the selected clef changes in layouts of the corresponding transposition are changed up to the next existing clef change or the end of the flow, whichever comes first.

After Completing This Task

If you want to show the clefs in some layouts but hide them in others, you can hide/show clefs in layouts according to the layout transposition.