Working on the score

Individual preparation of the scoreWorking on a scoreDifficult score-readingHow to work on a score in order to conduct mostly from memory The “outside” information of a scoreScales for conductors (regular period exercises, arround 60 min.)

Working on a score

I would like to show  a way (one of different ways) to organize a score, this is just a guide of one conception of different ones:

  • Use for the different group of instruments different colours, in order to recognize it quicker in rehearsal.
    Strings: Brown
    Woodwinds: Red
    Brass: Green
    Percussion: Viola
    special instruments (like Saxophone/ Sarrusophone/Ophicleide) Blue
  • Mark the group of measure in your score

Mahler: Symphony no.5 2nd movement

Sibelius: Symphony no. 1 Scherzo

Ravel: La Valse


Marking  entrances ex. Debussy: La Mer

Personal comments, a frame - formal analyse, marking group of beats, ex.: Tschaikovsky: 5th Symphony

Reading the score on the “interior rhythm”

The “interior rythme” is an analyse of the rythme in the appereance of the note-change in a section. A typical example is the horn solo in the 4th movement of the 1st  Symphony of Brahms.  In a superficial reading of the score, we see just the horn solo, if we analyze the score deeper, we will find a more different view of this section:

Organisation of the score of a recit, marking the text with the beat, entrances, empty bars, etc.: ex: Carmen (Don José)

Mozart:Le Nozze di Figaro: Recit “Eh Susanna no vien” 3rd act.

Writing a aria text in the score to improve the text (Donizetti: Don Pasquale: aria Dottor Malatesta):

Marking the instruments with a special sign who enter as first time in the work ex.: + Tp. (Tschaikovsky: 5th Symphony)

G. Mahler: Symphony no.1 1st movement Triangel entrance (7 before figure 8)

Puccini: Madama Butterfly  - beginning of the opera.