Authorship and Attribution in Early Music Research Research Paper by Nicky

Authorship and Attribution in Early Music Research
Discusses authorship of music and issues with gender in composition.
# 147971 | 3,437 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 17, 2011 in Music Studies (General)

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Beginning with a brief outline of the challenges of composition authorship, this paper continues on with how music is seen and labeled by genre. Largely focused on classical music, this paper expands out to discuss how women and their compositions in the 18th century were shielded or disguised as the work of someone else. Includes figures demonstrating how computers define authorship of music. Overall, it shows the challenges of authorship in the past and present, and how it has changed or remained the same.

I. Challenges of Attribution and Authorship of Musical Compositions
II. Kranenburg - Attribution by Qualifying Compositional Strategies
III. Temporary Concealment of Authorship of Musical Composition in Late 18th Century
IV. Composer Identification Based on Typical Pattern Detection
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"It is clear that labels do carry with them meaning that is and should well be applied in listening to musical composition for to fail to integrate the historical information and the time period information as well as the composer with the listening experience will leave the listener a little short of the pure enjoyment of the music for what it is as written in the time of the composer who composed the musical work. This study has shown that the accuracy of the human listener is not adequate although the human listener appears to be correct more than half of the time."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Backer, Eric and Kranenburg, Peter van (2004) On Musical Stylometry- A Pattern Recognition Approach. Science Direct 2004 Elsevier.
  • Bowers, Jane M. and Tick, Judith (1987) Women Making Music: The Western Art Tradition, 1150-1059. University of Illinois Press, 1987.
  • Haynes, Bruce (2007) The End of Early Music. Oxford University Press. US, 2007.
  • Kranenburg, Peter van (2006) Composer Attribution by Quantifying Compositional Strategies. University of Victoria 2006.
  • Kranenburg, Peter van (2006) Composer attribution by quantifying compositional strategies Department of Information and Computing Sciences

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