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  • University of Aberdeen

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNetworks of music and culture in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries
Subtitle of host publicationA Collection of Essays in Celebration of Peter Philips’s 450th Anniversary
EditorsDavid J. Smith, Rachelle Taylor
Place of PublicationFarnham
PublisherAshgate
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781472411990
ISBN (Print)9781472411983
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes
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Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

This chapter explores the use of a similar computational method to trace the origins of keyboard compositions from the early seventeenth century by composers from England who were active in the Spanish Netherlands. This music circulated in manuscripts rather than in print, travelling along networks of composers, players and scribes in such a way that attributions sometimes become questionable. Pattern recognition algorithms are able to infer a model of the authorship of a certain composer from a collection of undisputed example compositions represented as feature values. An anonymous and untitled piece in Lg has been considered a 'Sweelinckian emulation by some student or an admirer who was well acquainted with Sweelinck's mature keyboard music' by Pieter Dirksen and, accordingly, by Jean Ferrard. Diminutions provide a good starting point for computational analysis of this repertoire because the amount of data is manageable.