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Cosi fan Tutte score w/ no measure numbers??
« on: Jul 26, 2007, 02:19 am »
One of the shows in my upcoming show is Cosi, and I just got the score for review.  There are absolutely zero measure numbers.  Has anyone else had this problem?  I don't know if it is just the version that I have (Schirmer) or if it is true of all versions.  How have you dealt with this, particularly in tech/dress rehearsals?  I am wondering specifically about being able to tell the maestro/accompanist where to pick up after we have stopped, as they are working from the conductor score, which has different page numbers.

Ideas???

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Re: Cosi fan Tutte score w/ no measure numbers??
« Reply #1 on: Jul 26, 2007, 09:41 am »
Hmm, can you put measure numbers or rehearsal measure marks in, then get a hold of the maestro's score and pencil it all in the same? 

(If he/she'll release it to you for a couple hours, that is!)
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Re: Cosi fan Tutte score w/ no measure numbers??
« Reply #2 on: Jul 26, 2007, 11:36 am »
If its a universal problem, and you're at the begining of the production, maybe a meeting can be scheduled and break points can be agreed upon?  Or scores can be marked up to match?  Or worse case, is there an intern who can spend a day pencil numbering all the scores?

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Re: Cosi fan Tutte score w/ no measure numbers??
« Reply #3 on: Jul 29, 2007, 08:21 pm »
Very common problem, particularly with Schirmer scores.  Even if you had the rehearsal numbers, it may not be what the maestro is conducting from anyway.

I will guarantee that the pianist is not playing from a full orchestral score (if I have to eat my words, that person is a musical genius, or Cosi is easier to play than I know).  At the very least, you may be able to get a copy of what that person is playing from if it is a different publication.  I will also say that he/she and the maestro have already or will at the beginning of the rehearsal process go thru the "can I borrow your score to get the rehearsal numbers over the lunch break?".  You can then ask to borrow the pianist's score that night, to put them in yours.  Alternatively, if this is a company with adequate music staff, you can ask this same question during prep.  They should know what publisher the conductor and orchestra parts are from, which then determines how the maestro will be looking at rehearsal numbers.

For those who don't know, sometimes the measures are numbered consecutively (242, 243, 244, etc.), but more common are large numbers, often in a square or circle, above the staff.  These are called rehearsal numbers and are sometime rather arbitrarily assigned by a publisher, although hopefully they're at the beginning of a change in music, chorus, or other really good place to pick up from in rehearsal.  When doing opera, it's helpful to go thru the score during prep and highlight the rehearsal numbers, so you can find them quickly.

It's important to have what Maestro has, so when you hear him tell the orchestra "rehearsal 42", you're already on your way to being ready for him.  (or her, not to be sexist here...)

I hope that helps Scooter!  Even if you don't have them before rehearsals start, you'll find a way to get them before tech, I'm sure.

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Re: Cosi fan Tutte score w/ no measure numbers??
« Reply #4 on: Jul 30, 2007, 10:15 am »
I will guarantee that the pianist is not playing from a full orchestral score

Yeah, sorry about that.  What I really meant was that they sometimes have a different version of the score than I do.

I have a message into to the maestro to see if I can borrow his score at any point and will copy the rehearsal numbers into my score and scores for the production staff.

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