BowScribe: Supporting the violinist's performance model

Hall, C., O'Donnell, J. and Bailey, N. (2011) BowScribe: Supporting the violinist's performance model. In: International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS 2011), Toronto, August 2011, pp. 655-660.




Musicians often learn about their vision of a piece through practicing it and listening to recordings. However, this does not always free the player to develop his or her own interpretation of the piece, especially when technique is lacking. We have developed software, the BowScribe markup language, that supports a violinist in creating a ``performance model'' of a piece currently beyond his or her playing skills, by allowing the player fine control over tempo, volume, and articulation, including playing of chords, at a level of expressiveness and flexibility that is significantly beyond the MIDI playback modes of popular music notation software. BowScribe has been used by the first author (who was trained as a prfessional violinist) to create a model of the entire Bach Chaconne (edited by Glamian), a long and demanding piece of music for solo violin that has many phrases that span groups of chords as well as melodic passages. The markup language specified chords to be rolled in two classic ways, as well as a wide variety of other strokes, including greater volume for individual notes in long slurs and small but essential variations in tempo.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:ISBN 9789490306021
Keywords:violin bowing, computer model, Bach Chaconne
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:O'Donnell, Dr John and Bailey, Dr Nicholas and Hall, Dr Cordelia
Authors: Hall, C., O'Donnell, J., and Bailey, N.
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Research Group:ENDS
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 The Authors
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS 2011)
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with permission of the authors.

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