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Original author(s)Andrew Dodman
Michael Eastwood
Stefan Fuhrmann
András Kéri
James Larcombe
Paul Walmsley
Graham Westlake
Initial release19 October 2016; 2 years ago (2016-10-19)
Stable release
2.1 / 16 August 2018; 2 months ago (2018-08-16)
Operating systemmacOS, Microsoft Windows
Available in9 languages
List of languages
Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
TypeScorewriter (Music notation)
LicenseProprietary software

Dorico(/ˈdɒrɪk/) is a scorewriter developed and released by Steinberg for Microsoft Windows and macOS. Released on 19 October 2016,[1] it was created largely by former developers of the competing product Sibelius,[1][2][3][4] who were hired by Steinberg following the closure of Avid's London office in July 2012.[5]

The project was first unveiled on the Making Notes blog by Daniel Spreadbury, on 20 February 2013. The program's title Dorico was revealed on the same blog on 17 May 2016.[6] The name honours the 16th-century Italian music engraver Valerio Dorico (1500–c.1565), who printed first editions of sacred music by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Giovanni Animuccia[7] and pioneered the use of a single impression printing process first developed in England and France.[8]

The integrated built-in tutorial can be helpful to reduce the learning curve of this software for some people.[9]


  1. ^ a b Kirn, Peter (17 May 2016). "This is the next-gen notation tool from original Sibelius team - CDM Create Digital Music". CDM. Archived from the original on 14 September 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Applied Theory - Rhinegold".
  3. ^ "Steinberg's new Dorico notation software has Sibelius pedigree".
  4. ^ Wherry, Mark (February 2017). "Steinberg Dorico (Preview)". Sound on Sound. Archived from the original on 14 September 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Sibelius UK Office Closes : Avid Selling Consumer Businesses – OF NOTE".
  6. ^ "MAKING NOTES". MAKING NOTES. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Steinberg announces new scoring software - Rhinegold".
  8. ^ Bernstein, Jane A. (1 December 1982). "Valerio Dorico: Music Printer in Sixteenth-Century Rome.Suzanne Cusick". Renaissance Quarterly. 35 (4): 627–628. doi:10.2307/2861389.
  9. ^ Vanacoro, Mark (3 August 2017). "Review: Steinberg Dorico". Ask Audio. Archived from the original on 11 March 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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