The company creates all kinds of music scores in Japan. We offer musicscores essential in many scenes from recording, television program,concerts to orchestra performances.

What's about "Score Copy"?

Here is the introduction to the barely known world of score copy. Let us follow the procedure of score copy from the very beginning to the completion, through specialists' jobs.


Any concerts or television programs start with a plan. Each promoting company or production holds conference to begin with. In the conference, the arranger, the date, the music numbers, the performing orchestra and the place are chosen. We don't participate here yet. After the contents and the schedule for the concert has been decided, the plan really gets moving. Our job begins here, receiving a call from the promoting company, "Please make a score copy." Often, when the due date is close, we start right away, getting the arranged music directly from the arranger who is selected by the production or the television company. In order to prepare the score copy on time, we need to be ready to work with efficient number of staffs even on a holiday.

2.Receiving the score

"Arranged score is done," we have received a call from the arranger. Mr. Hasegawa, ordered by the manager, Mr. Akaishizawa, goes to pick up the arranged score. We rarely call on the arranger these days, for the facsimile machine and Internet services would do the job instead.

3.Score Copy begins

Mr. Hasegawa has come back with the arranged score. Some scores come by facsimile. He once goes through the score, then takes number of Xerox needed for the work. Depending on the schedule, he gives instructions to the score-copying specialists and the work begins.
Mr. Akaishizawa, considering time remaining, would choose the fastest way for the score copy. He distributes the arranged score, long score divided into some sections at one time, at another time, starting work from both beginning and the end of the score at the same time.
It is not rare for many jobs to come at the same time. We often experience three, four or even more score copying jobs to go side by side. Each dead line is strictly given, so the specialists need to gather by the first train in the morning, now and then.
Every score has its own characteristics; it exhibits the arranger's habits and often is roughly written, some even includes mistakes. However, our score-copying specialists rewrite this score into beautiful part scores. Even if the arranged score is behind time, we are helpless. Mr. Akaishizawa gets really nervous when the opening of the concert becomes closer. While
> waiting for the arranged score to come, the title is put in the already copied score.
When the score copy is finished, and the title is put in, required number of scores are prepared by Xerox especially for the parts with many players like strings.

Mr. Kinoshita takes an important part here to quickly go through the score rewritten by the score-copying specialists and see if there are any mistakes.
The specialists would make mistakes sometimes, so his proofread is crucial for smooth rehearsals. For his precise work, our company receives a high evaluation for the little mistakes.

4.To the rehearsal stage

The copied score is put together with the title and needed number of part scores are prepared. Then the last proofread is done. Mr. Hasegawa brings this score to be in time for the rehearsal. He rides trains, buses even taxies to the destination. The delayed arrangement gets in time due to the efforts of score-copying specialists.
At the rehearsing stage, all the performers are on stand by. The just arrived scores are set in front of each player and the rehearsal starts as scheduled. At a large concert a member of our company, occasionally with the specialist, remains to respond to the changes made during the rehearsal.
The rehearsal has finished and some changes are found to be made. Small adjustments are made at the place, but large changes like transposition requires the whole score rewrite. To deal with large changes, we bring back the score and go through the same process in order to keep the deadline.
5.At the concert stage

After several rehearsals, the completed version of the music score is set up on the musical stands. Each player puts down checks and marks on the completed score and some looks even messy, but those hand-written information leads to a wonderful performance.

Could you follow the job of score copying process? Our job doesn’t appear on the stage, but supports the performance a great deal; without the score copying process, concerts couldn’t be held. We work hard for the audience to meet a magnificent performance. We hope you to recognize our work, the next time you go to a concert.