Dynamic modifiers

Modifiers add further detail to dynamics than simply their volume level, and can help guide how a player performs a note or phrase. Modifiers include poco a poco, molto and subito. They are also known as “expressive text”.

Figure 1. Modifiers accompanying immediate and gradual dynamics

In Dorico Pro, modifiers must accompany either a dynamic level, such as or , or a gradual dynamic.

You can input dynamic modifiers by entering them into the dynamics popover alongside an immediate dynamic or by clicking available options in the Dynamics panel. You can also add dynamic modifiers to existing dynamics.

You can add modifiers both before and after immediate dynamics. Modifiers can also appear either inside hairpins or above/below the start of hairpins.

  • You can hide immediate dynamics if you only want to show the modifier.

  • You can change the default appearance and position of modifiers, such as subito and possibile, on the Dynamics page in Engraving Options.