Part(i) (Fr. voix; Ger. Stimme; It. voce)
- William Drabkin
The line or lines of music read by an individual performer or performing section in the realization of a musical work; the written music itself, hence ‘the piano part’, ‘the first violin part’, ‘the english horn part’, ‘the soprano part’ etc. For performing purposes, the parts of a composition are usually copied separately, and these copies are also called ‘parts’. Thus, for example, in a symphonic work the players in the first violin section read the first violin part, which contains the music of no other parts of the composition (except cues that may facilitate the players' correct placing of their part in the ensemble); one therefore contrasts the parts of a musical work with its score, the form of the work in which all the parts are shown simultaneously....