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New in Mozart 10

Mozart 10 was released in November 2009.
It introduced the following new features.


Speed of response

  • Mozart 10's reaction when drawing the screen is much faster than Mozart 9, resulting, for example, in an improved rate of scrolling and faster response to some commands.

Rallentando,  Accelerando,  Rubato,  Pause (=Fermata)

  • All of rallentando,  accelerando,  rubato,  and pause/fermata can now be used in the play back. Illustration of a conductor part: the pauses affect the coloured notes in the parallel parts.
    These are implemented in the form of a "virtual conductor" whose job is to keep all parts together on play-back. The conductor line above the stave is usually hidden but it can be made visible for editing, as in the illustration on the right.
      In the illustration:
    • The conductor strand extends the rests in bars 1 and 2 marked with a pause.
    • In part 1 the durations of the notes marked in green exactly match the conductor part, and these will be extended in the same way.
    • In part 2, two or four notes (shown in blue) fall in parallel with the pause. In each group, all of the notes will be extended equally to match the pause duration.
    • In part 3 the red notes in parallel with the pause end after, and/or start before, the pause and extend through it. These notes will also be extended by the appropriate amount.
  • accel/rall controlIf a start of an accel/rall passage is entered in the music, it extends to the next tempo marking and ends with that tempo; the piece can then jump to a "following" tempo immediately after the rall/accel section.
Press the "Play" button to hear the example below.  Amazingly, this is not a recording; this is music synthesised by Mozart using accelerando and rallentando to generate a very musical rubato esspressivo.

Play the example 'Romance'

Romance (Jeux Interdits)



  • Accidentals can be put on all notes in all keys.All accidentals (bb, b, , #, x ) can now be put on all notes in all keys.
    (N.B. Mozart can still be used in the old mode which only allows entry of single-semitone accidentals.)
  • Courtesy accidentals.Courtesy accidentals may now be put in parentheses, as long as there are not too many on one stack of notes! 

Other music elements

  • Dotted ties.Dotted ties are now supported.

  • Re-use bar bracket on playback. 1st-, 2nd-,... time bars may now be configured to allow play-back to re-use a bar bracket and go through them in different orders.

  • Octave markings on clefs.Octave markings on clefs now provide the option of writing for a 4' choir as if it were an 8' choir (eg showing no octave marking on a descant recorder and showing the tenor recorder as sounding an octave lower than written).

  • Redirections moved above high notes.Redirections (DC, DS, etc.) attached to barlines may be moved up to avoid high notes.

  • Rehearsal mark style options.  Rehearsal mark style options. Rehearsal marks are now offered in a choice of 4 styles: letters in sequence (A B C D E...); numbers in sequence (1 2 3 4 5...); roman numerals in sequence ( I II III IV V...); or bar-line numbers.
      Rehearsal mark style options.
  • A start-of-repeat bar at the start of the music.A start-of-repeat bar may now be entered at the very start of the music.
  • Option to draw in cancelled naturals on a key change.Key signature changes may be drawn with cancelling naturals, (upper example on the right) or without cancelling naturals (lower example)  by checking/unchecking "cancel old key signature" in the key-change dialogue box.
  • Staccatissimo: drawn on bulbs or stems. Staccatissimo is now supported, with the option of placing the accents on bulbs or stems.
  • Reiteration multiplets. Reiteration multiplets are now supported.
  • Alternative styles for bars rest. Alternative styles are available for multiple bars' rest.
  • Lute tablature. Lute tablature is now available, in addition to modern guitar tablature.
  • Multiplet. Mozart will now create multiplets under all circumstances: for any note value in any time signature. 





  • Text style directly linked to font used.Mozart now gives each text item a "text style" and associates a font with that text style. This means that if a set of directions such as "Moderato", "Andante", "Allegro con brio" are all given the same style, then editing the style once will change all of them to match.
  • Unicode format allows choice of any characters.All text in Mozart is now stored and processed in Unicode format. This allows individual text items to contain any characters. The example on the right shows titles in Serbian using both Latin and Cyrillic alphabets.
  • Examples:  
    Ctrl+' e -> é Ctrl+/ o -> ø
    Ctrl+u a ->a-caron Ctrl+ @ c -> ©
    Ctrl+& b-> b Ctrl+& = ->
    A new collection of keyboard shortcuts, extending that already available on Microsoft Word and earlier versions of Mozart, lets you access a range of accented characters and symbols which are not all available on your own computer keyboard.
    For example, the Welsh language uses the letter ŵ ( unavailable in any ASCII character set) which is available as Ctrl+^ w, allowing:




  • Bar numbers and 1st/2nd-time labels now have their own user-editable text font styles.
  • Additional text substitutions have been introduced:
    • &K &k are replaced by the concert pitch key interpreted as major or minor
    • &V &v are replaced by the visible key interpreted as major or minor
    • &E is replaced by the instrument's transposition key
    • &I/&i is now the instrument name (long/short)
    • &J/&j is now the strand label (long/short)
    • &g is the stem of the file name (ie the file name without without the ".mz").

Page formatting

  • Hard page break. A hard page break is now supported.
  • Panoramic view. You can now have a panoramic view, scrolling left to right with no line breaks. Commands on the View Menu switch between panoramic and paginated views.


  • There is a macro capability. (See the "Floating Tools" section below.)
  • Toolbar to send caret to specific items. There is a new set of commands for moving the caret up and down to specific items and to points on the stave. These are on a new toolbar.  They are particularly useful in defining macros.
  • A new pair of commands, designed particularly for use in Macros: CaretMarkSet, CaretToMarkedPitch,  allow the macro to remember a (chromatic) pitch and to return the caret/current-note to that pitch.

User interface

  • There's a "Repeat Previous command" command on the edit menu. Default shortcut is F4 to duplicate Microsoft Office's convention.
  • The mouse wheel sensitivity is now adjustable.
  • Entering a multiplet now puts the digit above or below according to where you put it last time.
  • Selected block: illustration. The appearance of selected blocks has improved.
  • Selected whole piece: illustration. The "select whole piece" command does not now select all strands automatically.
  • When Mozart launches it sets the "one strand selection" instead of the "all strands."
  • Magnification toolbar. A magnification toolbar has been added, now making changing magnification very fast indeed. The toolbar shows the magnification, and has zoom out and zoom in buttons, as well as buttons to zoom to sizes 1, 2, 2+, 3, 4, 5 (for which there are also menu items).
  • Paste onto parallel staves. A more powerful paste command now allows you to paste selected bars onto parallel staves, comprehending key and tempo changes.
  • Courtesy accidentals may now be added before the main note.
  • Selected stave label.The label of the active stave is now drawn in the active stave colour for easier identification. This illustration exaggerates the effect for purposes of demonstration - you can, of course, choose your own colour scheme!
  • Foot pedal page turner device. Foot pedal page turner in situ. There is a new Full Screen (toggle) command on the View menu. In full screen mode the main frame is maximised and the tool bars are suppressed. Going into full screen mode also sets the magnification of the active music window so that a full page is visible, and makes page up and down commands go to the top of a page. This is to facilitate using Mozart with a foot pedal page turner such as those found at http://www.bilila.com/pagescore_turner/  (illustrated).
  • There is now a "tools" menu and some of the old commands have been moved there.
  • A new command now saves the raw MIDI (i.e. un-quantised) which has been played in from an external MIDI instrument.
  • Mozart 10 will save files compatible with Mozart 9, so if your friends have Mozart 9 you can still send and receive files.

Floating tools

  • Floating tools. In addition to the usual toolbars "docked" at the edges of the window, there are four "large tools" which are able to remain open and float independently, allowing you to use them with any active window, without being shut down. These are :
    • the piano tool,
    • the chord symbol selector,
    • the finder,
    • the macro list.

  • Piano keyboard tool. By popular request, the piano keyboard tool is now bigger.
  • Find and Find Next navigation tool. Find and FindNext commands make navigation around the music much quicker.
  • Macro tool. The macro tool lets you define and use macros.  (A macro is a sequence of commands which you can execute as a single command, allowing you to apply a complex operation repeatedly.)

  • Chord symbol tool. The chord symbol tool is now a "modeless dialogue box", allowing you to move around the music without closing it.
  • Show or hide floating tools. There is now a toolbar for showing/hiding the floating tools.

On-line Help

  • The Help System has been renovated and revised to be more user-friendly: it now includes more illustrations.  The sample music files are now indexed in the Help System and can be accessed directly from it.
  • The index is now easier to use, being smaller and better targeted.
  • A list of commands complete with user-defined keyboard shorcuts can now be accessed from the help system and printed out for reference.
  • The Tutorial Manual has been re-written, presenting a clear, task-related and illustrated, course of instruction for new users.  It is now in the same format as the Help System and is fully integrated with the program, the Help System and the tutorial exercise files

Template management

  • Score templates in an arbitrary place can now be dragged-and-dropped into the templates list presented in the File/New dialogue. This copies them into your Mozart templates folder.


  • The baritone and tenor ukuleles are now supported.


  • Tablature notes are drawn more clearly.
  • staccato old and new

    Above: Mozart 9 appearance on screen.
    Below: Mozart 10's antialiased beams and more conventionally positioned staccato markings.

  • An option is provided to switch font smoothing (anti-aliasing) on and off.  Anti-aliasing, if used, now also applies to lines including beams. (See right.)
  • Other aspects of the drawing of the music have been refined to improve the appearance of the music in the following ways (see right):
    • accents, specifically staccato and tenuto, are drawn more conventionally;
    • slurs appear nearer the note bulb;
    • beams on semiquavers and shorter notes are drawn with less spacing.
  • Dialogue boxes are presented in XP/Vista styles on XP/Vista systems. The updated appearance is reflected in the help system.
  • XP/Vista style dialogue boxes. Menus contain bitmaps.
  • On computer systems which support them, proper b (etc.) signs can be used in dialogue boxes, giving Bb, which is much nicer than Bb. (You may need Windows Vista to take advantage of this.)
  • The ViewGlobalPreferences and ViewKeyboardShortcuts commands have been renamed MyGlobalPreferences and MyKeyboardShortcuts as they are no longer on the View menu, and they are both to do with personal configuration.



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