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New in Mozart 9

Mozart 9 was released in November 2006.
It introduced the following new features.


The score

  • Everything to do with creating and editing the score structure, and its instrumentation, has undergone a major overhaul, comprising a vast enhancement to the "look and feel" of the whole program.
  • new file wizard: 1 Creating a new score with all features in place is now much easier.
    • The list of available score templates is both more extensive and clearer.
    • If instead you choose to create an instrumented score from scratch, a "wizard" guides you through the procedure:
      new file wizard: 2-5
    • The same pages allow you to edit the score afterwards.
  • Scores at Bb pitch are now supported, in addition to written pitch and concert pitch.
  • A default set of stave labels with numbered parts can be chosen automatically at the press of a button.


Instruments and voices

  • change of instrumentInstruments are now (by default) more tightly integrated with the score.
  • Instrument changes within parts are now fully supported.
  • Voice changes within parts are now supported eg arco<->pizzicato,  open<->mute
  • Instruments now adopt a suitable default voice from the General MIDI set.  This is overridable.
  • The instrument data base now includes many more instruments.
  • An optimum system of General MIDI voices can be chosen automatically at the press of a button.

Command interface

  • The tie command is more versatile: for example press T at the end of the piece and the next note entered will be tied to the previous one.
  • The dot commands are now more versatile.
  • auto-dotThe new "auto-dot" feature allows very fast entry of common dotted note patterns in simple time and compound time.  The example on the right is just one possibility - the entire rhythm can be created with no reselection of note duration.
  • Block selection can now be on a single strand, all strands, a single stave, or an arbitrary chosen set of strands.
  • parts selection
  • It is now even easier to play back an arbitrary chosen set of parts.
  • The Item-properties command allows rapid access to edit a wide variety of items.
  • Keyboard access to many accent commands is more versatile.
  • special charactersText editing is more powerful:
    there are now short cuts for entering non-native characters in lyrics and elsewhere when using a keyboard designed for English (or any language using the Western character set).
    These follow Microsoft Word's convention - (eg Ctrl+'  then e  gives é; Ctrl+: then o gives ö,  etc.) - but also go beyond it.
  • Lyric editing is more flexible:
    Ctrl+' ' enters a space without jumping under the next syllable.
    Ctrl+'-' enters a hyphen without jumping to the next syllable.



Symbol support

  • A pause (fermata) may now be put on a bar-line.
  • relative tempo"Relative tempo changes" are now supported  - eg crotchet=minim (see right).
  • new chord types A variety of b13 and #11 chord symbols are now supported.


  • chord rhythm play-backChord symbols can now be marked as silent, allowing rhythm parts to appear very simple while playing back quite intricately. play
  • Chord shapes are now possible for more instruments than just the guitar in standard tuning.  Chord shape dictionaries are provided for guitar and for ukulele in different tunings;  users can develop  their own dictionaries for other instruments.
  • Chord shapes can be drawn without an accompanying chord symbol.
  • Chord shapes may be drawn with all frets showing from the nut, or from the nearest appropriate fret.
  • Dynamic entries now range from pppp, to ffff, and include fz, sf, sfz, sffz, fp, ffp.
  • There is a larger set of text substitutions available, including long and abbreviated versions of strand labels, and time and date:
    eg &d -> date in short format - eg 04/12/05  (or 12/04/05 in the USA)
    &D -> date in long format - eg 04 December 2005  (or December 04 2005 in the USA)
    &h or &H -> time in 24 hr format  - eg 16:45.
    breath mark
  • The breath mark symbol is now supported explicitly.

Page layout

  • 1st line indentFirst line indentation is now supported.
  • Different stave labels are now possible on the first and subsequent systems, with a choice of long label, abbreviated label, or none.
  • Stave label text may now run to more than one line.
  • The stave label font may now be chosen by the user.
  • Pages can now begin with a number other than 1.

  • chord symbolsChord symbols are now resizable relative to the notes (see eg right).
  • Chord shapes are now resizable relative to the notes.
  • The layout editor can now be used to edit the inner vertical space in a grand staff.
  • Hiding staves: if you wish to omit staves from the score then it can now be accomplished much more effectively.


  • status barThe status bar now shows more information.

  • Right clicking on the stave offers a larger menu including general reformatting options.
  • More sample music files are provided.
  • graphic buttonsMore dialogues have graphic buttons.  Many of them now also have tool tips explaining the buttons (which can be switched off if desired).
  • The Help Window is no longer always on top.
  • Mozart now maintains two independent sets of screen colours.  You can edit each, and select between the two sets.
  • The background colour of the main frame window is now user-selectable.
  • A command is provided to check the Mozart web site for available updates.



  • This version of Mozart makes a major step towards supporting languages other than English. Language plug-in modules can now be accepted, and updated, as translations become available.

    We will be asking for volunteers to help with the translation and making the plug-in modules available free of charge.  In this way the English menus and dialogues can be replaced by translations into other languages



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