David M. Weigl deposited MuseReduce: A Generic Framework for Hierarchical Music Analysis in the group Music Encoding Initiative on Humanities Commons 3 months ago
In comparison to computational linguistics, with its abundance of natural-language datasets, corpora of music analyses are rather fewer and generally smaller. This is partly due to difficulties inherent to the encoding of music analyses, whose multimodal representations—typically a combination of music notation, graphic notation, and natural language—are designed for communication between human musician-analysts, not for automated large-scale data analysis. Analyses based on hierarchical models of tonal structure, such as Heinrich Schenker’s, present additional notational and encoding challenges, since they establish relations between non- adjacent tones, and typically interpret successions of tones as expressions of abstract chordal sonorities, which may not be literally present in the music score. Building on a published XML format by Rizo and Marsden (2019), which stores analyses alongside symbolically encoded scores, this paper presents a generic graph model for reasoning about music analyses, as well as a graphical web application for creating and encoding music analyses in the aforementioned XML format. Several examples are given showing how various techniques of music analysis, primarily but not necessarily hierarchical, might be unambiguously represented through this model.