Front matter

Front matter in Dorico is a broad term that covers all information included before the first bar of music in scores.

Front matter includes musical information often added on pages before the first pages of scores, such as:

  • Performance instructions

  • Contents

  • Instrumentation list

Front matter also includes information above the music on the first page of scores and parts, such as:

  • Dedications

  • Titles

  • Subtitles

  • Composers

All information in your project that is not the music must be added within frames, which you can input and edit in Engrave mode.

Master pages in Engrave mode

Master pages in Dorico allow the same formatting to be applied to different pages in different layouts.

You can customize the default master pages and master page sets in your project. You can also create new master pages based on existing master pages or create new master pages.

Master page sets in Engrave mode

Master page sets group master page formats together, so there is a master page for all possible situations in your project. For example, if you are creating parts in a project that contains multiple flows and you want to have two flows on a single page, you can create a master page format that contains two text frames for flow titles and two music frames for the two flows. You can then apply that master page only to pages in parts that can fit two flows on a single page.