From Mozart to MIDI : A Rule System for Expressive Articulation

Hähnel, Tilo

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

The propriety of articulation, especially of notes that lackannotations, is influenced by the origin of the particularmusic. This paper presents a rule system for articulationderived from late Baroque and early Classic treatises on performance. Expressive articulation, in this respect, is understood as a combination of alterable tone features like duration, loudness, and timbre. The model differentiates globalcharacteristics and local particularities, provides a generalframework for human-like music performances, and, therefore, serves as a basis for further and more complex rulesystems.