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Preparing for a Recital

Choosing music and writing program notes using library resources.

Getting Organized

Many people find it helpful to organize program notes into three sections*:

  • Brief introduction to the composer
  • Information about the work's historical context and the circumstances surrounding its composition
  • Description of the work itself

*Nigel Scaife, Writing Programme Notes: A Guide for Diploma Candidates (London: Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, 2001), 7.