The notation scheme

Outline of the notation devised by Zachary Sowerby for recording ancient Greek musical notation:

  • The notation is plain text, with white space delimiting syllables containing one or more notes.
  • Multiple notes within a syllable are separated by a tilde ~
  • Notes belong to a class that is indicated by the first four characters of the note identifier:
    • gvn: Greek vocalic notation
    • gin: Greek instrumental notation
    • gcn: Greek common notation (the leimma)
  • Following the four-character class, notes are identified by five dot-separated integers:
    1. pitch (1-24)
    2. accidental (1-3 to indicate first to third sharp)
    3. rhythmic value (1-5 to indicate multiple of a metrically “short” syllable)
    4. arsis (1 if a stigme is present, 0 if a stigme is not present)
    5. hyphen (1 for presence of hyphen, 0 for absence of hyphen)