Understanding musical scores
Understanding musical scores

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Understanding musical scores

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Over the last four weeks, you have learned about a variety of things that musical scores do and how musicians work with them. You have learned:

  • how single line melodies are constructed
  • how pianists read two lines of music and interpret what each hand needs to do
  • how musicians work together with scores, first as small groups of players and then with a full orchestra.

Each musician you’ve heard from throughout the course gave insights into what the musical score means to them and how it shapes their work. Of course, we have not touched on how composers use scores, or how popular musicians don’t necessarily use scores at all, but use modern technology to create and record their music. Hopefully, you have been inspired to look for more scores and to listen to music in a different way.

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