Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven

( - Present)

In this project, the goal is to investigate the relations between musical structures of the String Quartets by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven using quantitative computer aided analysis.

According to Anja Volk et al., the investigation of musicological questions based on computational approaches generates new perspectives for old problems, as well as the formulation of new questions in the context of musicological research. Studies of this nature, for example, have already proven the melodic arc form in European folk songs, have revealed the presence of voice crosses in most of J. S. Bach's chorales, and have resulted in automatic style classification algorithms. The work of J. Haydn, W. A. ​​Mozart and L. v. Beethoven — especially string quartets — is unquestionably important and an interesting corpus for exploratory studies. Questions such as "Do the string quartets written by Mozart in honor of Haydn have greater harmonic complexity than the others?" can be formulated and verified on the basis of quantitative methods. Therefore, the aim of this project is to investigate the relationships between musical structures such as phrase melodies and themes of these quartets. This research is being developed on the basis of computer-assisted quantitative methods from the Stanford University repository's digital score collection. It is hoped that this study can broaden the knowledge about this repertoire, allow to formulate and test hypotheses about it, and can be used directly in the undergraduate teaching of the UFBA School of Music.

This project is supported by CNPq and FAPESB.

Actions in Progress

  • Elaboration of Haydn quartets annotated corpus (PIBIC/UFBA)
  • Literature review of Haydn quartets