A musical score
references a tool used by composer
s or conductor
s in the act of musical creation. A musicologist or student of music theory
will also use a score to analyze a composition.
A score enables the reader to hear and understand what the composition
will sound like, provided the reader can and does read music with some skill. All musicians (regardless of genre
or performance medium
) should be able to read and prepare a full score
, although in some cases a reduced or condensed score
is more appropriate.