Score Reading of Orchestral Music

Guide for Conductors and Music readers

A comprehensive guide to score reading of orchestral music for conductors and all musicians, music readers and students. The book presents methods on synthesising a score, creating a sounding image of the score in the mind, reading in clefs, decoding single and multiple transpositions, making piano reductions. Accompanied by a wealth of examples of orchestral music from 18th-20th centuries. Now available as paperback and hardcover.

Author: Maja Metelska-Räsänen

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What will you learn?

  • Read an orchestra score fluently
  • Create a sounding image of an orchestra score in the mind
  • Decode single and multiple transpositions
  • Read music written in any clef
  • Synthesize music from multiple staves
  • Make a piano reduction from a score
  • Imagine the sounding result of a score


  • Imagine how the music will sound. It’s the basis for creating your own interpretation.
  • Learn to read scores efficiently and correctly. Reduces the time it takes to learn new pieces.
  • Discover the piece itself from a score, not an interpretation of a piece from a recording.


  • Learn through more than 160 excerpts from most famous pieces of 18th to 20th century classical music, with instructions, explanations, proposals for piano reductions, etc.
  • Composers include Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Franck, Haydn, Liszt, Mahler, Mozart, Ravel, R. Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, among others

With interest and pleasure I read the book on score reading by Maja Metelska-Räsänen. This is a well-made and interesting work about a topic, which is very important for everyone dealing with orchestral music. The work, not only clearly and distinctively describes every kind of issue connected to this, but also gives interesting musical examples of varied difficulty. This work can be handy for composers, theoreticians, and first of all conductors. It will be especially useful for those, who just now intend to study scores. Score reading is a skill not easy to master, but necessary to thoroughly learn symphonic music. And teaching of this discipline doesn’t have a long tradition in Poland. I wholeheartedly recommend!

Prof. Antoni Wit

About the Author

Maja Metelska-Räsänen

Maja Metelska-Räsänen

D.Mus.A. in conducting, M.Mus in cello, graduate of the Chopin University of Music and of the Sibelius Academy. She has been conducting professional orchestras around the world, symphonic and opera music. For more than 15 years she has been teaching score reading of orchestral music to students of conducting and other music specialities at university level.

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