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Information on Tune Code System

Each phrase of the tune, corresponding to a line of text, is coded as a line of digits. Sung pitches are entered as digits from 1 to 7; when the tune goes beyond 7 into the next higher octave, a U ('up') is added before the next digit; when it goes beyond 1 into the next lower octave, a D ('down') is added before the next digit. When the tune-carrying voice divides (indicating 'choosing notes'), the upper note is chosen. Accidentals, note-lengths, time signatures, barlines, rest, notes tied to a previous note, and ornament signs are ignored; so are rests, unless they indicate missing words.

Melismas: If more than one note is sung to one syllable of the text, all notes after the first are placed between parentheses.

Text repetitions: Phrases set to lines of text that have already been sung are enclosed in square brackets, as are parts of phrases that repeat words of the text.

These points are illustrated in the following coded tune:

5U11D7U1(23)2 
21(2345)4321
35545775
533112
[5132D7U1]

 

In some tunes, the tune-carrying voice does not sing the whole of the text: lines or parts of lines are allotted to other voices. In this case, each syllable that is omitted from the tune-carrying vocal line is coded as 0. For example: 

000035(4)32  
000000 
35(43)1(D7)6U3(2)1(2)3(4)5 
56(54)34(3)21

 


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