Expressive text

Expressive text adds further detail to a dynamic than simply its volume level, and can help guide how a player performs a note or phrase.

In Dorico Pro, expressive text, such as sim., poco, molto, or subito, must accompany a dynamic level, such as or .


You cannot input expressive text on its own. However, you can hide the immediate dynamic that follows/precedes it.

You can input expressive text by entering it into the dynamics popover alongside an immediate dynamic or by clicking available options in the Immediate Dynamics section of the Dynamics panel. You can also add it to existing dynamics by entering the expressive text you want into one of the following properties in the Dynamics group of the Properties panel:

  • Prefix adds expressive text before existing dynamics.

  • Suffix adds expressive text after existing dynamics.