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Music retrieval algorithms for the lead sheet problem

Raphael Clifford, R. Groult, C. S. Iliopoulos, D. Byrd, Music retrieval algorithms for the lead sheet problem. Journal of New Music Research, 34(4). ISSN 1744-5027, pp. 311–317. December 2005. No electronic version available.


Methods from string and pattern matching have recently been applied to many problems in music retrieval. We consider the so-called \emph{lead sheet problem}, where symbolic representations of the harmony, melody, and, usually, bass line are presented separately. This is a common situation in some forms of popular music but is also significant for ``classical" music in many cases. A number of different but related musical situations are analysed and efficient algorithms are presented for music retrieval in each one.

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