Types of holds and pauses

There are three types of holds and pauses in Dorico Pro, and they can all be input, moved, and deleted in the same ways.


Fermatas indicate that a note is held for longer than its notated length, which applies to the whole ensemble.

They are also known as pauses and informally sometimes called birds’ eyes.

Breath marks

Breath marks show suitable places for players to breathe, or suggest how the music is phrased to create a similar effect.


Caesuras indicate that a note is sustained for its full value and is followed by a break in sound before continuing.