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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
2.2.20 / 23 April 2019; 2 months ago (2019-04-23)
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]

Version History[10][edit]

2.2.20 Released: 23 April 2019

This improvements in this version consist largely of bug fixes, however, some improvements were made to the Tempo Track Import feature and to Note Input, such as the ability to 'audition' whole chords as they are selected and maintain selections after deletion events.

2.2.10 Released: 31 January 2019

New features include ‘Flipping’ keystroke, Auto-save, and small improvements to a wide range of areas such as Barlines, Layouts, MIDI Recording, Multi-bar Rests, Printing and Graphics Export.

2.2 Released 23 November 2018

Features improved or added include MIDI Recording, Repeat Markers, Jazz articulations, Tempo Track import/export, Flow Headings, Tacets, Trills, Staff Brackets, and an editor for all Music Symbols.

2.1 Released: 10 August 2018

Swing playback, Notehead Editor; improvements to Audio Export, accidentals, Barlines, Chord symbols, Cues, Divisi labelling, Filters, Flows, Layouts, Playback, Rhythm Slashes, Staff Labels, and Video.

2.0 Released: 30 May 2018

Support for Composing to Video, a range of time signature styles, MIDI Automation, Divisi staves, Ossias, Additional Staves for instruments, Rhythmic Slashes, Bar Repeats, Playback Techniques Editor; the inclusion of Petaluma handwritten music font, and support for NotePerformer. A large number of productivity enhancements and minor additions were also added.


  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.
  10. ^ "Dorico Version History PDF" (PDF).

External links[edit]

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