More Dorico Progress

I have continued to expand my fluency with Dorico.  I have been focusing on familiarity with Write Mode over the past week or so, by composing a set of 3 preludes for piano.  (The final prelude and inside cover page are in process.)  I have included below some image files of the works, and the PDF can be found here:

3 Preludes for Piano Full score

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As you can see, Dorico can do it all, with ease: feathered beams, unmetered sections, complex tuplets, octave doublings, multiple voices, formatting, different text fonts, etc.  As I learn more about the input features of Dorico in Write Mode, I become much faster with ease.  This is indeed a new way of doing things, but after a bit of practice it becomes so intuitive.  Things have sped along as a result.

The only drawback is that the playback is nowhere close to realistic, not just in feathered and unmetered sections (as one would expect from most software), but the dynamic changes are too jarring, and the piano samples lack sustain.  I may have to add reverb to them if I were to generate electronic realizations, with lots of editing in Logic.  I would likely just replace the sampler with a better one in Logic.

But, for all other purposes, this is really exciting.  I cannot wait to discover what other features lie waiting for use at the necessary time.

Let me know if you have any questions about either this piece or Dorico.  The third prelude has not been written yet, but that is my next compositional chunk to bite off.



2 thoughts on “More Dorico Progress

  1. Hey Dan – I enjoyed playing through the first prelude. Totally love the feathered beaming at 5. A very beautiful alternative to just writing “accelerando”. Question: Not sure what the slanted beam means in the LH of m6. From F to F#.
    Continued thanks for the interesting posts.


    1. Hi David, Thank you for giving it a play-through! The slanted beam is the default way Dorico writes an F/F# minor second in a chord (they both sound in the same chord). I will dig into the ways it can be beamed in Dorico to see if there is a clearer solution. Best, Dan

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