Triadic patterns across classical and popular music corpora: Stylistic conventions, or characteristic idioms? (score=5)

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Abstract

Many musical traditions – from Western art, to popular and commercial – organize pitch phenomenaaround a referential pitch class (or tonic) and feature triads and seventh chords. As a result, triadic progressionsassociated with one tradition sometimes resurface in others. How, then, are we to distinguishbetween the conventional harmonic patterns that span several time periods, and the characteristic idiomsthat delimit a single period?<br><br>This essay presents a comparative study of triadic progressions in four data sets comprised of expertharmonic annotations: Annotated Beethoven Corpus (ABC), Theme and Variation Encodings with RomanNumerals (TAVERN), Rolling Stone-200 (RS-200), and McGill Billboard (Billboard). Using methods forcounting, filtering, and ranking multichord expressions, we reveal conventional and characteristic progressionsand examine broad trends over time. We also include an accompanying standalone applicationthat allows users to adjust various stages of the model p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-153
JournalJournal of Mathematics and Music
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 17 2021

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