I'm arranging some string-quartet music; I have been asked to do an ossia part for a section of Violin I. Should ossia staves have barlines that connect to the main stave:

enter image description here

or barlines that don't:

enter image description here

I'm using Sibelius and it defaults to the latter...


This is adapted from Behind Bars by Elaine Gould (a very comprehensive guide on notation):

A solid barline connects both staves at the beginning of a system. When the ossia stave begins mid-system at a barline, most editions do not include the initial barline through the cue stave: the dotted barline occupies only the space between the two staves.

When starting mid-bar, there is no connecting barline; it is free-floating.

So given your case, I would just use a short dotted line connecting the two staves in lieu of a measure line.

Also, I'm not sure I understand why you're using a double-bar there? Is there a tempo change? Also, you may want to consider putting the "Violin I - ossia" to the left of the staff instead of above.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.