Analysis and Synthesis of Palestrina-Style Counterpoint Using Markov Chains

Mary Farbood, Bernd Schoner

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This paper presents a novel approach to computer-generated Palestrina-style counterpoint using probabilistic Markov Chains. It is shown how Markov Chains adequately capture the rules of species counterpoint and how they can be used to synthesize species counterpoint given a cantus firmus. It is also shown how such rules can be inferred from given counterpoint examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC Proceedings
StatePublished - 2001
Event27th International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2001 - Havana, Cuba
Duration: Sep 17 2001Sep 22 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Media Technology


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