software data bases of musical themes (Piet Vos )

Subject: software data bases of musical themes
From:    Piet Vos  <vos(at)NICI.KUN.NL>
Date:    Tue, 25 Nov 1997 16:31:42 +0100

Dear list, Does anybody know about the existence/availability of software data bases of the type found in Barlow & Morgenstern's well-known dictionaries of musical themes, satisfying the requirement that one can make special search selections, e.g. all first themes of movements of compositions by one or more composers, normalized to C major and C minor respectively, starting with a descending fifth. I am convinced that such data base(s) is/are enormously helpful for numerous researchers in different disciplines of music science, including music cognition and perception. If such a corpus does not (yet) exist, it's worthwile to make it, and to have eventually paid back the costs of the "monk's labor" by means of making the access to the data bank commercially available. Piet G. Vos section Perception NICI KUN P.O.Box 9104 6500 HE Nijmegen NL tel: +31 24 36126 31/20; fax: +31 24 361 59 38 vos(at)

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