Proceedings PaperConversion of the Haydn symphonies into electronic form using automatic score recognition: a pilot study
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As part of the development of an automatic recognition system for printed music scores, a series of `real-world' tasks are being undertaken. The first of these involves the production of a new edition of an existing 104-page, engraved, chamber-music score for Oxford University Press. The next substantial project, which is described here, has begun with a pilot study with a view to conversion of the 104 Haydn symphonies from a printed edition into machine- readable form. The score recognition system is based on a structural decomposition approach which provides advantages in terms of speed and tolerance of significant variations in font, scale, rotation and noise. Inevitably, some editing of the output data files is required, partially due to the limited vocabulary of symbols supported by the system and their permitted superimpositions. However, the possibility of automatically processing the bulk of the contents of over 600 pages of orchestral score in less than a day of compute time makes the conversion task manageable. The influence that this undertaking is having on the future direction of system development also is discussed.