Music 824: Computer Applications in Music Research
Ohio State University
School of Music
Humdrum Exercise #17
For this exercise you will need to know the following new commands:
Change directories to /var/opt/Humdrum/Scores and answer the following questions.
For each question, keep a record of both the answer, and the command(s) used
to find your answer.
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It is commonly thought that melodies are organized with a preference
for small melodic intervals (the so-called "pitch-proximity principal").
It is possible that small intervals arise simply because of
limitations of range.
Most pitches occur in the central part of an instrument's or
voice's range, so even for random melodies most intervals ought to be small.
Using the Humdrum
scramble command compare the average interval size
for an actual melody with the average interval size
when the order of notes for the melody has been randomly rearranged.
(For this exercise use the French patriotic song
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It is commonly thought that large intervals tend to be followed
by smaller intervals.
If small intervals are already very common, wouldn't we
expect to see many small intervals following large intervals by
For this question, use the
and assume that a "large" interval is 5 semitones or larger.
Does Bach tend to avoid V-IV progressions in his
In Bach's the two-part Invention No. 11, does he use more or fewer
augmented elevenths harmonic intervals than would be expected by chance?
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