3. Studying and Preparing Scores

Figure 3.1 Score study is a vital part of the conductor’s work.

The score is the way the composer communicates his or her composition to the performers. When we decipher the score we should try to understand the musical language and ideas of the composer and bring the work to life for our audience. The term “the composer’s advocate” has frequently been used to describe the role of the conductor in this process.   

By understanding the construction of the music through careful study and analysis, the conductor is better equipped to make interpretive decisions and to make more efficient use of the rehearsal time available by selecting elements that might need more practice than others.

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