Messiaen reflected, development of a meta-model for musical analysis

Peter Swinnen, Tom Deneckere, Cornelis Jan (Editor)

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Important for a high quality musical performance is a good insight in the way the composition you want to play, is constructed. However, since the beginning of the 20th century, composers have developed more and more their own musical language, often even different from one piece to another. In the end you need almost as many models as there are compositions. That's why we want to look for a usable meta-model for musical analysis. This 'universal' analysis model should allow us - as a kind of an entrance model - to approach any composition without previous knowledge of the way it was conceived. By the use of some well defined procedures this model should be capable of indicating which of the existing analysis models could be most appropriate for a specific piece. We intend to use the newest insights in as different disciplines as linguistics, mathematics and artificial intelligence in order to get a deeper understanding of the essences of music as an art form.
The Messiaen project was started in 2003. Here we report on the results obtained so far and give directions of future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-251
Number of pages16
JournalCrosstalks, Brave New Interfaces
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Bibliographical note

Cornelis Jan


  • Messiaen reflected
  • music
  • mathematics
  • music theory
  • music analysis
  • music score


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