Working with C Scores

Some instruments, such as B-flat clarinet, do not sound as written. For example, when a clarinet reads a C off of a sheet of music, what is actually heard is a B-flat. Instruments which do not sound as written are known as transposing instruments.

When working with scores containing transposing instruments, it is common practice to work with what is known as a transposed score as well as a C score.

A C Score contains all of the parts written as they sound. So a B-flat clarinet playing in unison with a flute on the score would appear identical. However, if a flute player and a clarinet player were to play that same unison part, it would sound a major 2nd off. The benefit of working in a C Score is that you work with all parts as they sound, and it is easier to "see" the harmonic and melodic relationships between instruments.

Working in a C Score involves no transposition until it comes time to extract and print out individual parts.

Since FORTE 6 Premium it is much easier to work with transposing instruments. With just a few clicks you can now insert these instruments and choose between the transposing and sounding view. You can find this function in the tab called "Home" inside the "Transposition" group.

Furthermore, a vast number of transposing instruments was added to the score wizard to allow for a quick score creation.

To Transpose an Extracted Part


Select Transpose by Instrument from the ribbon menu in the "Home" tab.

  • In the From drop list, choose Concert C. In the To drop list, select the instrument for which you are transposing into (for example, Alto Saxophone).
  • Uncheck the Performance box in the Transposition Affects section. This is so that the actual playback will not be altered.
  • Check the Notation box.
  • Check the Change Key box.
  • Click the Apply button to transpose the music.