Concert preparation

Production checklist

Checklist available at the following link:


  • 1.11.2023, Galerie HAMU
  • 22.3.2024, Galerie HAMU
  • 5.6.2024,   Galerie HAMU
  • 6.11.2024, Galerie HAMU



  • 16.5.2024, SČF Teplice
    2(picc) 2(cr.i) 2(bass) 2(cfg) 4 2 2 1 Timp+2. Archi 86543
  • 21.11.2024, KFP Pardubice
    2(pic) 2(ci) 2(bcl) 2(NE cfg) – – Timp.+1 Archi 7 6 4 3 2


Planning of the orchestra concerts in the Martinů Hall

The announced instrumentation is binding and cannot be exceeded. Any soloist must be arranged with the department in advance. Jan Dušek has prepared guidelines for editing orchestral materials. He is fully responsible for the control of the orchestra materials. If a student is in doubt about deadlines, requirements, etc., please contact him directly.





The format of the score depends on the number of staffs per page, recommended basic formats are A4, B4 and A3. An important criterion is good readability and the size of the staff allowing reading even from a greater distance (conductor). Of course, even with fewer staffs per page, it is possible to print the score to a larger format.

Page size


of staffs

Outside margins

Inside margins

Top margins

Bottom margins

A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Up to 15-16

2 cm

2 cm – 2,5 cm *)

1,5 - 2 cm

1,5 - 2 cm

B4 (250 x 353 mm)

Ca 16 – 22

2 - 2,2 cm

2,2 – 2,8 cm

2 cm

2 cm

A3 (420 x 297 mm)

More than 22

2 – 2,5 cm

2,5 – 3 cm

2 – 2,5 cm

2 – 3 cm

*) When the score is printed as a booklet (i.e. printing on A3 sheets and stapled in the middle), which is suitable for a score of max 100 pages, i.e. 25 sheets), a smaller margin can be used. For the ring binding, it is necessary to count on a larger margin so that the binding does not go to the print.

The size of the staff is chosen according to the type of score, in general, it should not fall below approx. 5 mm (practically pocket score). For study scores, it is advisable to select a staff size of at least 5.5 - 6 mm. The parts always have a staff size of at least 6.5 - 7 mm.

The score is:

  • Tempo indications above the top staff, if more than 8 staffs then at least two locations of the system (above the top staff + above the strings)
  • Rehearsal Marks - Letters / Numbers (in meaningful places to begin rehearsing)
  • Bar numbers
  • Page numbers
  • Information whether the score is in C or already with transposed instruments
  • If two or more instruments are written in one staff (woodwinds, brass, etc.), we consistently distinguish whether the first or second player (1., 2., and possibly a2) is playing
  • Clear specification of percussion instruments or unconventional techniques, in which case we will provide both the score and the parts with clear instructions and explanatory notes;
  • When changing playing techniques (e.g. arco / pizzicato / col legno / bouché / con sordino), always indicate when they are playing another technique / without damper (naturale / arco / senza sord., Etc.)

We avoid:

  • Collisions (two objects in each other - such as dynamics and beams, tempo and orientation marks, etc.)
  • The excessive density of notes, when the accidentals interfere with previous notes / stems = better fewer bars per system, in the case of vocal parts keep good text readability (reasonable font size). As well the opposite – excessive sparsity (notes too far apart) - is undesirable.
  • Inaccurately positioned dynamics (e.g. under rests). The vocal staff has the dynamics placed ABOVE the staff.


The parts are always in portrait format A4 (in exceptional cases it can be e.g. B4 or landscape format). They are printed as a booklet with a middle staple (A3).

The size of the staff is at least 6.5 mm, but it is preferable to keep 7 mm. Some players have parts far away from the eyes (e.g. trombone, harp, etc.)

Each part is provided with:

- Cues in case of more than 8 bars rests just before the entrance of the instrument (we choose such an instrument for cue that is at that moment well hearable, or an instrument with a position very close to the player - such as the other player of the same instrument, etc. – and the entering player can easily orientate by that)

- Page turns are designed to allow the player to turn smoothly, i.e. at least 4 beats at a slow tempo or 2 bars at a fast tempo. Group string instruments may have turns during the playing (two players at one stand) if they are not divided at that point.

- When changing instruments, enough time is left to do this (similar to page turning)

- The bar numbers and orientation marks match perfectly the score

Furthermore, the same rules apply as for scores (collision, the density of notes, etc.).

Even instruments that have two players in one staff in the score must have a separate part! You can't make one part for two or more players (except strings). An exception may happen when they play all the time in unison (a2) or for example a percussion battery (all percussion in one part, the players themselves then decide who plays on which instrument, if not already divided by the composer). Timpani usually has a separate part.

If extended playing techniques are used in the composition (multiphonics, etc.), the part, not just the score, must be provided with explanatory notes / playing instructions and / or fingering graphs. In this explanatory note, we only provide information related to a given part, not complete explanations for the whole orchestra.


We always remember that clear, well readable and unambiguous sheet music (score and parts) will speed up the study of the conductor and save time on rehearsals and ensure better interpretation!


The Composition Department's technical equipment allows you to print and produce sheet music in a fully professional form (printer, bender, binder, cutter, etc.). For assistance contact J. Dušek or Sl. Hořínka.