parsifal - MLrs computer score

The ML-rs method is a music score developed in 2014 by Vicky De Visser. It is a mathematic and graphic interpretation of music. It uses the rythm of booking reading and turning the pages as division for time. The staff notation is expressive in design according different playing methods and notes are visually translated depicting different musical values inserted in the Matlab software, normally used for scientific research. The opera Parsifal from Wagner was used for demonstration of the score due to its dynamic range and diversity in instruments.

Parsifal is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner. It is loosely based on Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach, a 13th-century epic poem of the Arthurian knight Parzival and his quest for the Holy Grail.

Wagner first conceived the work in April 1857 but did not finish it until twenty-five years later. It was Wagner’s last completed opera and in composing it he took advantage of the particular acoustics of his Bayreuth Festspielhaus. Parsifal was first produced at the second Bayreuth Festival in 1882. The Bayreuth Festival maintained
a monopoly on Parsifal productions until 1903, when the opera was performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

The score for Parsifal calls for three
flutes, three oboes, one English horn,
three clarinets in B- at and A, one bass clarinet in B- flat and A, three bassoons, one contrabassoon; four horns in F, three trumpets in F, three trombones, one tuba, two onstage trumpets in F, 4 onstage trombones; a percussion section that includes four timpani, tenor drum, bells, onstage church bells, one onstage thunder machine; two harps and strings.

The score for Parsifal is translated according the ML-rs method developed in 2014 by Vicky De Visser.

The orignial score is available at the website of the ‘International Music Score Library Project’ (IMSLP).