Right Playing – Wrong Playing
Studies in Aural Perception, Score Reading and Stylistic Comprehension
Sharpening your musical attentiveness
The ever-greater sharpening of one’s attentiveness and sensitivity to the relationship between what one is hearing and its representation in the score is a lifelong project for any classical musician. Right Playing Wrong Playing is a collection of exercises meant to serve that end.
The challenge is to listen to music with errors, and identify the discrepancies you hear in the score. Alternatively, you can listen to the correct music and uncover errors written in the score. The mistakes represent varying standards of difficulty. Now, where was the error? What is it that is wrong? What are the musicians playing when they are not playing what is written? Right Playing Wrong Playing!
Look in the score below and listen to the music using the audio player.
What did the musicians actually play? (The quotation in the score is from J. Haydn, Symphony No. 104, 2nd Movt.)
Whom is this for?
Right Playing Wrong Playing is essentially intended to be used as a basis for self-study. However, it may also be used in class at educational institutions, with each exercise potentially serving as a piece of homework.
The books, the CDs, the repertoire
Right Playing Wrong Playing basically includes a blue and a red book with scores, two blue and two red CDs, and an answer key to the exercises. The repertoire comprises shorter and longer passages from classical works: orchestral music, choral music, chamber music, songs with accompaniment, and piano pieces – all in original recordings. The challenge, then, is to listen to the music with errors on the red CDs and find the discrepancies in BLUE BOOK, or, vice versa, to listen to the music in the correct version on the blue CDs and find the errors in RED BOOK. Where was the error? What is it that is wrong? What are the musicians playing when they are not playing what is written? Right Playing Wrong Playing!
The mistakes in Right Playing Wrong Playing represent varying standards of difficulty. The level of difficulty may be further adjusted by the use of instructive cues associated to every exercise.