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Tool to write in Parsons code. Parsons notation (or Melodic Contours) allows the simplification of a musical writing using tone changes in the melody.

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Tool to write in Parsons code. Parsons notation (or Melodic Contours) allows the simplification of a musical writing using tone changes in the melody.

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How to convert a melody in Parsons code?

Parsons code is used to represent the variations of the music which aims to facilitate the search by musical melody contours.

The first note is represented by an asterisk * (which is sometimes omitted).

The following notes are shown with a letter from U,D,R indicating its relationship with the previous note:

Example: U for up: the pitch is higher than the previous note
D to down: the pitch is lower than the previous note
R for repeat: the pitch is the same as the previous note

Where to get a music with Parsons code?

A search is possible on Musipedia here (link)

Tools for music recognition like Google or Shazam use this method (among others) to recognize a melody.

When Parsons code was invented?

In 1975, Denys Parsons has developed the Parsons Code in his book here (link)

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