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   Posted 12/13/2013 1:07 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
While looking for music publishers, I came across the following requirement: "a keyboard reduction for choral music in open score format." I'm new to this, so I don't know exactly what the publisher is requiring. Keyboard reduction? "open score format"?

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   Posted 12/13/2013 1:41 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Well, I'm no expert in choral music, but I would guess what they mean is that when Choral music is written on four staves, one for each voice (SATB), they also require a two stave version with soprano/alto in the treble clef (RH) stave and tenor/bass in the bass clef (LH) stave. This is so that a pianist can assist with rehearsals without having to read from the 4-stave version - something that not all pianists are good at. (Although when I did my music degree it was a required skill, even for non-pianists ... )


 
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   Posted 12/13/2013 1:50 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

There is a Finale plug-in found under the menu "Plug-ins -> Scoring and Arranging -> Piano Reduction..." that does just what Gareth discusses.

Look here for info on the open score format.   http://openscoreformat.sourceforge.net/about.html


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   Posted 12/13/2013 1:50 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Yes, a keyboard reduction is a ... reduction of all the vocal parts onto a keyboard grand stave. I'm not sure what they mean by "open score format", though. open score is usually synonymous with full score, which is the opposite of a reduction. Four parts on a grand stave is also known as "short score".

Of course, they might mean this:
openscoreformat.sourceforge.net/about.html

A decent reduction will also be playable, and not just be a copy of all four lines in layers! smilewinkgrin


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   Posted 12/13/2013 1:55 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I think it's saying "you need a keyboard reduction for pieces that are in open score format." It's just poorly worded as quoted.


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   Posted 12/14/2013 12:01 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Thanks all for the very helpful replies. Seems there's a plug-in for most everything in Finale! Also think Motet is correct that the phrase means "a reduction is necessary if using open Score format."
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