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Applications for Publishers and Music Editors

In preparing an edition, a music publisher needs to be certain that the musical details in the score are correct and complete. The proofreading activity required to ensure this consistency can be time consuming and error prone.

MelodicMatchTM searches for musical patterns and produces a graphical summary of the score based on the patterns it finds. MelodicMatch can search for melodies, rhythms and lyrics, and can also match on detailed aspects of notation such as articulations.

For example, a score might contain a two-bar passage of repeated quavers, each marked with a staccato dot.  In notating the score, the editor must ensure that these articulations are copied correctly throughout the parts and in each instance of the passage.  MelodicMatch can search for quavers marked with staccato dots, producing a diagram showing where this pattern appears throughout the score.  The diagram will reveal at a glance any parts that are missing the required articulation markings.

At a more sophisticated level, MelodicMatch can assist in resolving questions in the preparation of an edition from a manuscript where the notation may be ambiguous or damaged.  MelodicMatch can search for a suspect figure and the results can sometimes provide enough evidence to clarify the composer's intentions.  MelodicMatch can show that a melody or rhythm that appears to be questionable on its first appearance actually appears at several points throughout the work.  These reappearances can sometimes provide sufficient confidence that the figure is correct rather than inadvertent.


In Figure 1, each quaver appears with one or more articulation markings. Potentially these few bars could appear more than once throughout a piece, with the composer's intention being that the articulations are the same in each bar.


Figure 1

Glancing at the score, it may not be immediately apparent that one of the notes is missing its articulation marking.

MelodicMatch can help to find errors of this type by searching for articulations. The pattern in Figure 2 has been encoded with the articulations required by the example.


Figure 2

Running a MelodicMatch search for this pattern yields the results shown in Figure 3.


Figure 3

These results allow an editor to examine bar 3 of the bassoon part to establish how the articulations differ from those in the surrounding bar. This can be a valuable aid in spotting inconsistencies in details which might otherwise escape detection.



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