Flows are separate spans of music that are completely independent in musical content.

A flow can be, for example, a song, a movement in a sonata or symphony, a number in a stage musical, or a short scale or sight-reading exercise of only a few bars in length. A single project can contain one or more flows.

A flow may contain music for any combination of players. For example, in a Classical-period symphony, it is not uncommon for the brass players to be tacet in the second, slow movement, so the flow for the second movement would simply not contain any brass players. In a set of cues for a movie, for example, specific players may not be required in particular cues, and so each flow would contain only those players who have anything to play.


Correct assignment of players to flows allows Dorico, for example, to generate tacet sheets automatically for individual instrumental parts.