Definition of full score in US English:

full score


  • A score of a musical composition giving the parts for all performers on separate staves.

    • ‘Listening to the 2nd Symphony, called October on the title page of the 1927 full score, one cannot but be amazed at its power and sheer modernity.’
    • ‘The first is therefore not a piano reduction of a pre-existing full score, but a treatment specifically for piano that Debussy used as he was shopping around in Paris for someone to perform the work.’
    • ‘This recording improves upon the older in every way - voices, full score rather than piano reduction, complete score - and keeps the musical-comedy hamminess.’
    • ‘The simple idea is that the student scores the piano reduction of, say, a Mozart symphony for the same forces as Mozart uses and then compares his version with Mozart's full score.’
    • ‘The full score, which contains annotations made by the composer as he perfected the work, is expected to fetch over £2m from collectors.’
    • ‘The Neue Schubert-Ausgabe published the full score of Alfonso und Estrella in three separate volumes, totalling some 1600 pages.’
    • ‘The autograph manuscript of the First Cello Concerto op.33 is dated ‘November 1872’ at the end, and it contains both the full score and the piano reduction.’
    • ‘The next step is the OD, the first attempt at an orchestrated full score, with the correct notation for transposing instruments.’
    • ‘The full score is very clearly printed, with French text only, but without the dialogue - its omission being one of the few criticisms I would make of this edition.’
    • ‘The original full score to the opera has disappeared and Bizet's own published vocal score has been largely ignored.’
    • ‘Also on full scores are the Indian duo of Sura Ganguly and Abhijit Kunte, who now meet in the board two clash in round three, and the 1996 champion Chris Ward from England.’
    • ‘The full score is published, and will be available at the meeting and from Lismore Music Centre in Magellan Street.’
    • ‘The fact that he made three complete drafts and three full scores in the evolution of the Scherzo seems almost incredible to me, more used as I am to an Elgar's sureness of touch.’
    • ‘For example, I might give them the flute, B-flat clarinet, E-flat saxophone and bassoon lines pulled from a full score.’
    • ‘It consists of a sonata-allegro, complete in full score except for the last 17 bars; the short score of a slow movement; and fragments of a rondo finale.’
    • ‘A ‘piano’ score is a full score reduced to form an arrangement for piano.’
    • ‘The first print of the full score opts now for a pause of five minutes.’
    • ‘The piece stands, as it is, without a full score or orchestral parts, but the piano part is reminiscent of Paganini, who greatly influenced Verdi while the former was in Parma between 1834 and 1836.’
    • ‘As I write this, the full score has been finished for about a month, and so have the piano score and the conductor's score.’
    • ‘I cannot find the full score for Six Pianos though I do have the first few bars and indeed I have created a sequenced version of this.’