Tom Collins

Inter-Opus Analyses of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

This paper will consist of a tour of the results of a pattern discovery algorithm called SIARCT-CFP applied to movements from the piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. Due to concerns of computational complexity, the discovery of motifs, themes, and repeated sections in polyphonic music has tended to focus on individual movements (intra-opus analysis), but this paper will discuss the challenges and results of applying discovery methods to several movements simultaneously (inter-opus analysis). The aim of the paper is to discover and present previously unknown patterns in the work of Beethoven, and to interpret these patterns in order to enrich our understanding of his music.