How to Work with Repeat Endings in Dorico

🎬  This article is a transcription of one of the excellent tutorial videos posted to the official Dorico YouTube channel.

Presented here in written form with the kind permission of its creator, Anthony Hughes, this tutorial is titled “How to Work with Repeat Endings in Dorico”…

Hi, I’m Anthony Hughes, and in this video I will be showing you how to use the new Repeat Endings feature introduced in Dorico 1.1.

To add a repeat ending in Dorico, first ensure you are in Write mode. Make a selection that covers the bars that will form the first ending.

Then, open the Repeat Structures panel here on the right of the screen and click the Create Repeat Ending button.

You’ll see that Dorico creates the first and second repeat ending lines and automatically enters an end repeat barline for your convenience.

Now that the repeat ending has been created, you can select it and drag the handles to modify the range it covers.

Note that if you move the end position of the 1 st repeat ending you will need to recreate the end repeat barline to match.

Adding additional endings is just as easy. Select the notes that should appear under the second time bars

and this time click the Add Section to Repeat Ending button.

The existing 2 nd time bar is now extended and a new 3 rd time bar is created, with another end repeat barline being added if necessary.

You can repeat this process as many times as you need. The complete set of repeat endings is just one item in the score, meaning that the segments cannot be accidentally detached from each other causing an undesirable gap in the sequence.


The entire object can be managed in the properties panel which, in Write mode, has just the most basic properties available, such as how many endings the sequence has, and a setting for how to draw the end of the final line.

There are more properties available in Engrave mode, including the controls you need to set how many times each segment should be played.

In this example, the music is to be played through 5 times, with the first ending being used for verses 1 and 3, and the second ending to be used for verses 2 and 4.

So, I’ll enable the Number of times played property and increase the number to 5. You will notice that the additional times through are automatically assigned to the second ending.

Now I’ll select the first segment, which is only possible in Engrave mode, and set this Times played for segment property by stating each number, separated with a comma, so in this case [1 comma 3].

It should be noted that, at present, repeat endings do not play back within Dorico itself.

It is also possible to replace the number with your own custom text.

As you will now expect, there are several Engraving Options that can be set to control the design and positioning of repeat endings.

Right-hand end of final segment, Final segment coinciding with end of flow, Times played, Appearance of times played, Position and Design.

I’m Anthony Hughes, thanks for watching.

Wie man in Dorico mit Voltenklammern („Wiederholungsenden“) arbeitet | Neue Funktionen in Dorico 1.1

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