A Methodology for the Manipulation of Meta-Motives, Memory and Musicological Meaning in Multiple Medieval Musics (Maybe) (29/05/08)
Recent studies of medieval music have identified the importance of small, ornamented, memorized fragments in the compositional process, somewhat contradicting the traditional view of how such music is constructed using counterpoint rules. While small searches have been undertaken with great success, to date no one has conducted such a search across a very large corpus. This presentation discusses a set of techniques for efficiently discovering motives and patterns across the entire collection of Palestrina masses. There will also be some discussion of the author's PerlHumdrum and PerlLilypond systems that form the basic technical tools of the system, and of pattern-matching techniques for music in general.