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Relating Natural Language Text to Musical Passages

Sutcliffe, R and Crawford, T and Fox, C and Root, DL and Hovy, E (2015) Relating Natural Language Text to Musical Passages. In: 16th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2015, ? - ?, Malaga.

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Abstract

There is a vast body of musicological literature containing detailed analyses of musical works. These texts make frequent references to musical passages in scores by means of natural language phrases. Our long- term aim is to investigate whether these phrases can be linked automatically to the musical passages to which they refer. As a first step, we have organised for two years running a shared evaluation in which participants must develop software to identify passages in a MusicXML score based on a short noun phrase in English. In this paper, we present the rationale for this work, discuss the kind of references to musical passages which can occur in actual scholarly texts, describe the first two years of the evaluation and finally appraise the results to establish what progress we have made.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published proceedings: _not provided_
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural language, music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2016 22:04
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18529

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