COMPUTATIONAL INVESTIGATIONS INTO BETWEEN-HAND SYNCHRONIZATION IN PIANO PLAYING: MAGALOFF’S COMPLETE CHOPIN

Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Source:

SMC Conference 2009 (2009)

URL:

files/proceedings/2009/272.pdf

Abstract:

The paper reports on first steps towards automated com- putational analysis of a unique and unprecedented corpus of symbolic performance data. In particular, we focus on between-hand asynchronies – an expressive device that plays an important role particularly in Romantic music, but has not been analyzed quantitatively in any substantial way. The historic data were derived from performances by the renow- ned pianist Nikita Magaloff, who played the complete work of Chopin live on stage, on a computer-controlled grand pi- ano. The mere size of this corpus (over 320,000 performed notes or almost 10 hours of continuous performance) chal- lenges existing analysis approaches. The computational steps include score extraction, score-performance matching, def- inition and measurement of the analyzed features, and a computational visualization tool. We then present prelim- inary data to demonstrate the potential of our approach for future computational modeling and its application in com- putational musicology.