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Reprinted with permission from The Virtual Score: Representation, Retrieval, Restoration, Walter B. Hewlett and Eleanor Selfridge-Field, eds., MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2001, pp. 113-124. Computing in Musicology 12. Copyright © 2001 Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities.
MusicXML is intended to represent common western musical notation from the seventeenth century onwards, including both classical and popular music. MusicXML is intended to support interchange between musical notation, performance, analysis, and retrieval applications. It is designed to be sufficient, not optimal, for these applications.