An Investigation of Current Methodologies of Score Study with an Analysis of Three Band Compositions

August 1, 2012 / By: Carrie B. Thompson

The purpose of this study was to first examine the benefits of thorough study of a musical work for an instrumental conductor as described by leading figures in the field of conducting and education. After studying a score, the conductor is more apt to use appropriate gestures and teach the heart of a piece more effectively to their students. The next section looks closely at various methods of score study, especially that of Frank Battisti and Robert Garofalo in a Guide to Score Study: For the Wind Band Conductor, which uses a four-step approach of score orientation, score reading, score analysis, and score interpretation.

The second chapter incorporates the detailed score study of three band pieces using the Battisti and Garofalo approach, including Symphonic Dance No. 3 "Fiesta" by Clifton Williams, El Palomino Noble by Joseph Compello, and O Nata Lux written by Guy Forbes and arranged for band by Preston Hazzard. Each aspect of the pieces are analyzed and then interpreted by the author based on the findings. A flow chart accompanies each work to aid in visualizing how the elements combine to create the overall feel of the piece.