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Re: Music Notation on the Web

From: Michael Good <musicxml@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2010 10:17:45 -0800
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Hi Jussi,

> Does it allow the use of non western scales, such as Esfahan, or micro
intervals in general?

MusicXML 2.0 supports notation and playback of quarter-tones, and playback
(but not display) of arbitrary micro intervals. In MusicXML 3.0 we are
looking to expand support of microtonal and Turkish maqam music, in part due
to new notation applications like mus2 that support these features.

MusicXML represents common Western music notation. Limiting the scope like
this is key to its success, as I discussed in my XML 2006 paper. The
interesting question for MusicXML 3.0 is how much has microtonal music
notation become standardized? The publication of Elaine Gould's "Behind
Bars" book seems especially timely in helping to answer that questions.

Again, we welcome anyone to join the MusicXML discussion list to participate
in the development of MusicXML 3.0. Signup is available at:


 MusicXML 2.0, Finale, and Sibelius all support shape note music.

Best regards,

Michael Good
Recordare LLC
Received on Monday, 13 December 2010 18:18:17 UTC

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