Study Score&Full Score?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by ian perks, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Can anyone please tell me the difference between a STUDY SCORE and a FULL SCORE;
    As i have just recived the STUDY SCORE to Isaiah 40 all the bars are there all set out correct dynamic markings, tempos etc etc.
    Is the difference in the print quality,the paper quality or something else as i cant understand why and cant see any difference.
    As you have to pay a lot more for a FULL SCORE compared to a STUDY SCORE.
    £5.00 for study score and what ever Full Score Costs
    Many Thanks
  2. ronnie_the_lizard

    ronnie_the_lizard Active Member

    Study score is usually a small handbook size so you can fit it in a pocket / bag but use it to follow the music while sitting in an auditorium seat without inconveniencing people either side of you.

    Full score is usually A3 sized and large print so that conductor's can use it on the stage (and so that adjudicators can manage to read it even when they can't fit their close-up reading glasses on over their hearing aid..... ;) )
  3. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    A study score tends to be an economy version of the proper score ... usually only the active parts are visible therefore condensing it to save on the reader's effort and paper!
  4. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    This is more or less the normal size:clap:
  5. super_sop

    super_sop Supporting Member

    lol brilliant!!!:clap:
  6. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Salvaton Army scores tend to be a smaller format than some other publishers, so it may well be that they decided it was a cheap to simply reproduce the existing score, although I reckon mine probably is on lower quality paper, and certainly has a less heavy-duty cover.

    A study score should certainly include all the musical information included on the full score, even if the layout is somewhat condensed, as was the case with the lightly-scored sections of Bram Gay's "Les Preludes".
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2006
  7. Gorgie boy

    Gorgie boy Member

    I bought my study score for Isaiah 40 at the Albert Hall in 1996 and still have it somewhere in the house. From my recollection, the quality of that particular item was exceptionally good, it was A4 size, and if my memory serves me right would do very well for rehaearsal use. Not like the short score for a Night To Sing. Anyone remember that one??!! Total nightmare!
  8. Active Member

    Thank you for your ringing endorsements of the study score to Isaiah 40.
    We do indeed have copies of this left over from the National Championships of 1996 and are happy to sell them in advance of the Regionals 2007 for the 1996 price of £5.00!

    To answer the initial query, I don't think that there is a hard and fast rule as to what can be considered a study score and what is a full score.
    However, I'm old enough to remember going to the Nationals and buying a score laid on on 2 or 3 staves (looking as if it could be played on the piano) with the names of groups of instruments in tiny print giving some indication of who was playing what at a given time. I guess they were called study scores at the time. These were probably considered totally inappropriate once more intricate and specially commissioned test pieces became the norm, certainly for the Nationals and the Open, and gradually smaller sized full scores were offered as so called study scores.

    I think it is now generally recognised that a study score is a smaller version of the full score. We received many positive comments about our study scores and full scores for St Magnus in 2004 and I would suggest that the quality of the study score of that is equal to, and in some cases superior to, many full scores.

    All new UK Salvation Army brass band publications are now produced in A4 size and many of our popular out-of-print works are being re-originated into this more modern and reader friendly format.

    Incidentally, the full scores of St Magnus, and the newly re-originated Isaiah 40, are actually considerably larger than A4. We are aware that several conductors enlarge the full scores of test pieces before working on them so we decided to make them larger in the first place!
  9. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Here's 2 definitions I found on the net ...


  10. Brian Bowen

    Brian Bowen Active Member

    The 2- or 3-stave scores mentioned above are called short scores. Study scores are generally smaller in trim size than full scores, with staves removed when parts are not playing (an economy as someone stated earlier) and and may be annotated by a specialist editor, e.g. Eulenburg scores.

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