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Miniature Score Sheet Music

While a full score may be great for showing the entire instrumentation of an orchestra, miniature or “pocket” scores are the “cliff notes” when compared to the “full novel” cousins. They are used for quickly studying a musical work under consideration of the conductor or for individual musicians. They are hardly useful, however, for conducting a full orchestra.

If you were to look at Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in both full score and miniature score, for example, you’d find everything you’d need to study the piece in both the full and miniature scores. You’d quickly realize that the full score would be much easier to conduct from however. The full score for Rhapsody in Blue, for example, has a ledger line for each instrument; 1st trombone, 2nd trombone, 3rd trombone, etc. The miniature score combines several instruments onto one ledger line so that 1st, 2nd and 3rd clarinet parts are all seen on one ledger.

While one might assume a full score would be more advantageous to have, the fact of the matter is that miniature score sheet music sales are big business. One internet site boasts no less than 570,000 titles for miniature score sheet music. The reason is that musicians can quickly study the score, determine if the piece is appropriate for their needs or study parts and how they fit together, all with the comfort and ease of the smaller form.


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