IncipitSearch - Search engine for music incipits
IncipitSearch is a web platform and search engine for music incipits.
Incipits are an initial sequence of notes that represent the melodic characteristics of a composition.
Incipits are a pragmatic approach for the categorization of notated music, in which the first few bars of a score are transcribed. Furthermore, statements on melodic characteristics of the music can be made, based on these short fragments. First and foremost, the IncipitSearch can be seen as a counterpart to conventional thematic-bibliographic catalogues and catalogues of works, as they have been presented in printed form for a long time.
You can search the catalogues using the virtual keyboard. Plaine & Easie Code is used as standard syntax for the encoding of the music incipits. The Plaine & Easie Code can be also entered directly in the search field.
IncipitSearch website: https://incipitsearch.adwmainz.net
For an overview of functionalities and background see the presentation "IncipitSearch - A common interface for searching in music repositories" held at the Digital Humanities 2018 conference in Budapest.
API and LOD
All content that can be searched in IncipitSearch can be also accessed using the API, which is basically a elasticsearch endpoint. The API is available at https://incipitsearch.adwmainz.net/json/. For further information see the documentation.
You can integrate your repository in IncipitSearch and you can also use IncipitSearch as a search engine in your own repository. Learn here how to participate and how to reintegrate IncipitSearch.
License and Contribution
IncipitSearch is licensed under MIT License.
Anna Neovesky (Idea, Concept, Application Development, Data Processing)
Gabriel Reimers (Idea, Concept, Application Development)
Frederic von Vlahovits (Frontend Development, Design, Documentation)
Torsten Schrade (Metadata schema, LOD, DevOps)
Used Software and Standards
Plaine & Easie Code is used for the incipit encoding and representation.