Definition of vocal score in English:

vocal score

noun

  • A musical score showing the voice parts in full, but with the accompaniment reduced or omitted.

    • ‘But several other instrumental and vocal scores serve to confirm the richness of Maw's musical language and the resourcefulness with which he adapts traditional formal structures.’
    • ‘I have the vocal scores and CDs to all musicals possible, plus sheet music and backing tracks.’
    • ‘The original full score to the opera has disappeared and Bizet's own published vocal score has been largely ignored.’
    • ‘For example, in a vocal score, the soprano might be played first and then the bass added on the second reading.’
    • ‘Similarly, I imagine Stanford's generation teaching themselves a new kind of musical prose by pounding through the vocal scores of Wagner's operas.’