CONTENT ANALYSIS OF NOTE TRANSITIONS IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Source:

SMC Conference 2009 (2009)

URL:

files/proceedings/2009/291.pdf

Abstract:

Different aspects of music performance have been quantified by a set of descriptor parameters, which try to incorporate the resources used by the performer to communicate his/her intention of expressiveness and intelligibility. The quality of note transitions are quite important in the construction of an interpretation. They are manipulated by the performer by controlling note durations and the quality of attacks and note groupings. These characteristics can be modeled by parameters that may describe what happens between the notes of a musical sentence, which attempt to represent how we perceive note articulations and groupings of legato or detached notes. On the other hand, the quality of transitions between legato notes may be related to the musician's abilities, to the reverberation characteristics of the performance room and to the acoustic characteristics of the instrument. This text illustrates methods of extraction and definition of descriptor parameters related to the quality of transitions between notes, which are capable to reveal relevant aspects about the accomplishment of these transitions. The procedures here described integrate a model of analysis of the expressiveness of performance in monophonic musical instruments. The samples used consist of recordings of interpretations of excerpts of the classic repertoire for solo clarinet.