Types of scores and how to find them

Other types of scores

  • There are many different types of scores, and each of the types listed below may fall into one of the categories listed on the tabs of this guide:
    • Full score, orchestral score, conductor’s score
    • Study score/Miniature score
    • Score and parts
    • Set of parts
    • Piano reduction (with solo part)
    • Vocal score, piano/vocal score
    • Close score (everything reduced down to two lines)
  • Comparing score editions when researching or performing a piece - comparing fingerings or bowings - can help you decide which edition you'd like to use.

  • Some editions may be easier to read than others, depending on the page layout, the size of the text/notation, placement of page turns, etc.

  • Different editions may have different prefaces/editorial notes, and this information might be helpful for deciding on your own interpretation of the piece!

Why you should plan to look at multiple editions of a score: Some examples of differences, Urtext vs. Performing editions

Below are several examples of differences between multiple scores of the same piece, including one Urtext edition and two performing editions. These differences are illustrations of why it might be helpful to compare multiple editions of the same score when choosing an edition to play or sing from, or to use for your research. (Check out scans of the full page of each of these scores in this Google Drive folder.)





Last Updated: Nov 22, 2021 2:06 PM