When we came to create Dorico, our aim was to build a music notation software of the future, that musicians would still be using for years to come – so it was important for us to take inspiration from music’s historical legacy of innovation.

With modern technology transforming the way that musicians work, it’s important to understand the singular events, discoveries, coincidences and performances that have shaped not only the face of music, but the way we see the world.

Here, we explore six of the ground-breaking moments that changed the course of music forever, and how they continue to resonate today – from technical innovations to pop cultural phenomena.

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