Full score: complete composition with each part displayed on separate staff
Miniature score (study score, pocket score): size reduction of a full score for study purposes
Condensed score (particella): principal instrumental parts printed usually two to four staves to provide basic melodies and harmony, with instrumentation shown by exact indications within staves
Score and parts: contains score and all parts issued together
Piano reduction (piano score): full orchestration reduced for keyboard with a separate staff for the soloist; also an orchestra score reduced to a piano version
Vocal score (piano vocal score, organ vocal score): separate lines for vocal soloist and chorus with reduced instrumental accompaniment
Chorus score: choral parts displayed with no accompaniment or accompaniment reduced for keyboard
Close score: used for vocal music, puts all vocal parts on two staves
Scores in our Research Collection can be borrowed for in-house use from the Book Delivery Desk on the 2nd floor of the McKim building. We also have scores available to take home from our open shelves on the 2nd floor of the Boylston Street building and from each of the branches. Check our catalog for availability.
Classical Scores Library can be accessed anywhere with a valid BPL library card!