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Computers and the Humanities

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 107–116 | Cite as

A relational database for the study and quantification of tempo directions in music

  • M. W. A. Smith
Article

Abstract

Features of scores of music for which composers have provided both tempo directions and metronome marks are recorded in a relational database. Comparisons based on a selection of factors, chosen by the user, can then be performed to obtain an estimate of a metronome mark for a work for which none is given. Another type of application is to investigate the interpretation a composer places upon his tempo directions when aspects of the score which affect the perception of speed are taken into account. The design and operation of the database, which is written in the dBase IV programming language, are described. As an example of an application, a metronome mark for the first of Liszt's “Transcendental Studies” (1851) is estimated.

Key words

music computing tempo metronome database dBase IV piano Beethoven Liszt Czerny 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. W. A. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsUniversity of Ulster at JordanstownNewtownabbeyNorthern Ireland

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