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CRIM - The Renaissance Imitation Mass

About CRIM

Building upon recent developments in digital music scholarship, CRIM (Citations: The Renaissance Imitation Mass) implements a new kind of quotable text for music, along with the analysis and commentary that illuminates its workings. The CRIM project is the product of a long partnership between Haverford College and the Centre d ’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (Tours, France), and among an international team of scholars, students, and information technologists. It grapples with allusive relationships among musical works of the sixteenth century, and with the challenges of modeling scholarly annotations of these connections in the digital domain. Our work charts much new territory, exploring a neglected genre of Renaissance music via technologies that only a few years ago were beyond our grasp. CRIM extends and enhances an topological approach to analysis and digital editions undertaken in The Lost Voices Project.

CRIM Intervals for Automated Analysis

CRIM Intervals is a Python library for the analysis of encoded scores. It builds on the powerful music21 library (courtesy of Myke Cuthbert, MIT), and works with MEI, MusicXML, and Midi files.

  • Use it to find melodic, harmonic, and contrapuntal patterns, and to create heatmaps and network graphs of patterns in one or more works.

  • CRIM Intervals will also predict the location, type, and details of cadences and presentation types.

  • CRIM Intervals now works with a series of Jupyter Notebooks. Contact Richard Freedman for a link to use these in any browser, via Jupyter Hub, and without the need to install special software.