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:
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.