Sunday, August 9, 2009

Vocal scores are excellent resources

If you have checked into any vocal scores or read the 'terminology' pull-down, you know that vocal scores consist of three elements:
  • a staff of the notes sung by the soloist(s)/choir
  • the words or libretto sung
  • two-staves of piano accompanyment
This makes vocal scores great resources in several types of situations.

For instance, you can listen to your favourite opera or choral work and follow along in a much simpler environment. You really don't need a full score for this... unless you really want to. You can also sing along very easily. ;) [but please don't disturb the neighbours]

Also, and this is especially great for pianists, you have ready-made piano music to extract your favourite instrumental passages for playing. You can even re-score your favourite arias as piano solos.

For in-depth study of a piece, there's nothing like the full score. That's why, as much as possible, I like to give you the choice of both types of scores. And now you know why there are so many vocal scores online here.

I sincerely hope you are enjoying the library. Oh, and I just added another 160 major works, including all the Mozart symphonies listed individually on their own page. You can access it from the main Mozart page.

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