Cue labels

Cue labels usually indicate the source instrument from which the music is taken, but can also include other information, such as the transposition interval for transposing instruments. This information can help performers identify both where the sound is coming from in the ensemble and the type of sound to listen for.

By default, cue labels in Dorico Pro use abbreviated instrument names, exclude instrument transpositions, include octave transpositions, and do not show an additional label at the end of cues to indicate where players enter after cues. Additional labels showing “Play” at the end of cues are sometimes used in jazz scores, where it is customary not to show bar rests alongside cues. Showing additional labels at the ends of cues can also be useful in film music, where cues are often included in parts as an option that the player might be asked to play.

Figure 1. Cue label for an octave-shifted double bass cue, edited to include "(pizz.)"

You can change the information and text shown in cue labels both project-wide and on an individual basis in Dorico Pro.