Score Reading - Thomas Weaver
(Score Reading (Spring 2018))

Throughout their careers, all performers and composers are confronted with the task of realizing or understanding a piece given only a full score. The typical instrumentalist will be asked to coach chamber music or even conduct and be expected to hear, read, and understand four or more lines simultaneously. This course will give musicians exposure and the ability to work from a score through the reading of chamber music and symphonic works from the literature. This course picks up where the score reading component of Keyboard IV ends. Students will begin the semester by reading and preparing excerpts from quartet repertoire, gaining an ability to decipher and reduce four lines at the keyboard. The second portion of the class will delve into symphonic repertoire, dealing with issues such as transposition, register, doubling, and orchestration. Class discussion will revolve around playing the score at the piano as well as analysis of how the composer uses the ensemble in question. Repertoire will generally be introduced chronologically so that students will be able to logically trace the expansion of the orchestra.

 

Students will be expected to prepare brief excerpts (length and involvement depending on pianistic ability) from scores weekly. In addition, the students will be expected to provide some analysis as to how each piece they present fits within the repertoire (how does it the composer use the medium? How does the composer expand upon what has already happened?) As the semester progresses, brief assignments to gain comfort with transposing instruments will also be given.  

 

Prerequisite: Keyboard IV or sufficient keyboard experience.