Music 595 is to help you to
- Explore the nature and function of scores of all kinds.
- Answer the question of any score: what does this score tell me about the intended sound and what does it not tell me?
- Learn criteria for identifying style, period, and performance practice of any score.
Score types include:
1. Vocal music: various a capella genres (choral, barbershop, etc.), congregational hymns (including shape-note symbols and tonic sol-fa), Lieder, popular sheet music, folk transcriptions.
2. Instrument-based genres: works for solo instrument, chamber groups, and larger ensembles
3. Alternative uses and adaptations of common-practice notation: lead sheets/fake books, charts/graphs (e.g., Schenker graphs), short scores, piano reductions, transcriptions, various indeterminate notations.
4. Miscellaneous non-common-practice notation. These include tablatures, assorted graphic/pictographic representations, verbal scores, mathematical (e.g., ratio-based) notation.