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A Multi-Version Approach for Transferring Measure Annotations between Music Recordings

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In this paper, we address the task of transferring measure annotations between different recordings (versions) of a musical composition. Such annotations are useful for analyzing, linking, and navigating in multi-version scenarios of classical music. Given a version with manually annotated time positions, such as the beginning of musical measures, we transfer these annotations to musically corresponding positions in another version using synchronization techniques. As one contribution, we investigate the transfer process by exploiting additional versions. In a large-scale music scenario dealing with Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen", we show that this multi-version analysis reveals musical passages that are problematic for synchronization. As another contribution, we introduce a late-fusion approach that improves the measure transfer when having several annotated versions.

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