The long-standing controversy on musical interpretation is one of the core defining values for conductors. Little to no research on interpretation was recorded until the 20thcentury, and any research on the subject has been spent trying to standardize the scope with which conductors view musical scores, in efforts to put “standards” on music performance. Part I will include a discussion of the current literature on musical interpretation, with a figure of several conductors and their “compass” of interpretation. In Part II, an analysis of the four-step process for musical score study proposed by scholars such as Elizabeth Green and Frank Battisti will be taken into further account, with some additions to sub-steps to help to clarify the goals of the sub-steps, as well as make them easier for conducting students. In Part III, the addition of a fifth step of score study will help to maximize compositional authenticity and performance interpretation. This five-step process will be accompanied by examples using both a condensed and full score to Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy. In Part IV, the conclusions drawn over the course of the project will be challenged by a counterargument and summarized with a final stance on score study as it relates to realizing the score, and the most crucial points to remaining as authentic to a written score as possible.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2018


Andrew Putnam

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Bachelor Thesis

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Honors Scholars

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