Quantitative analysis of the relationship between linguistic tones and melody in jingju using music scores

TitleQuantitative analysis of the relationship between linguistic tones and melody in jingju using music scores
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of PublicationIn Press
Conference Name4th International Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop (DLfM 2017)
AuthorsCaro Repetto, R., Zhang S., & Serra X.
Conference Start Date28/10/2017
Conference LocationShanghai, China
AbstractWhen lyrics of tonal languages are set to music, the pitch contour of their linguistic tones has to agree to certain extent with the melodic contour in order to assure intelligibility. ŒThe relationship between the linguistic tones of the complex dialectal construct used in jingju (commonly known as Beijing or Peking opera) and its melody has been largely studied, but not de€finite consensus has been achieved among scholars. Aft‰er reviewing agreements and disagreements in the related literature, we present a fi€rst approach for the quantitative analysis of the relationship between linguistic tones and melody in jingju using a collection of music scores with tone category annotations for 7,283 syllables. We describe two statistical analyses performed in this collection regarding the melodic contour for each syllable and the pitch height relationship in 5,494 pairs of consecutive syllables. In the following discussion about the results we argue that they contribute to supporting claims from the literature and complementing others, although some limitations of the approach might nuance the con€dence of their validity.
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