The Principles of Structural Unit Separation for Deciphering the Neume Hymnals

Irina V. Bakhmutova
Vladimir D. Gusev
Tatiana N. Titkova

Institute of Mathematics, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences
Russia, Novosibirsk


The problem of translation of Russian ancient hymnals from the neume notation into the modern note form which is unsolved in the general case, is considered. In view of the context dependence on the neume hymnody (znamenny raspev) language the ``neume-note'' correspondence is a multiform. Because of this, it is desirable to choose not the individual neumes as the deciphering units but the larger structural units with lesser ambiguity. Different criteria and algorithms of such unit separation from the hymnal text written only in neume notation or in neume form and note form in parallel are suggested.

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