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First International Conference on WEB Delivering of Music (WEDELMUSIC'01)
Data Models for Virtual Distribution of Musical Scores
Florence, Italy
November 23-November 24
ISBN: 0-7695-1284-4
E. Selfridge-Field, Stanford University
W. Hewlett, Stanford University
C. Sapp, Stanford University
With the rise of portal sites for image-f ile download of musical scores, the electronic distribution of musical scores, an activity in progress of 15 years, has attracted increased attention. We describe several data models for score distribution and emphasize the one used in the MuseData archive of musical data (1984-). This archive (containing substantial quantities of the music of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Corelli, and Vivaldi) employs a "solar" model of supersets of musical data. From these files for score printing, sound generation, and logical information for musical analysis can be generated. The design, efficiencies, and shortcomings of this "write-once, convert-many" system are compared with models emphasizing generic musical-data interchange, and models in which music must be re-encoded for each new application. Finally these considerations are examined in light of social practices and economic models traditionally associated with the print publication of music in Europe and the U.S.
E. Selfridge-Field, W. Hewlett, C. Sapp, "Data Models for Virtual Distribution of Musical Scores," wedelmusic, pp.0062, First International Conference on WEB Delivering of Music (WEDELMUSIC'01), 2001
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