[MEI-L] How to encode choices...?

Axel Teich Geertinger atge at kb.dk
Thu Jun 13 19:18:54 CEST 2013

Dear list,

We are preparing a little experimental digital edition of a piece named "Kaleidakustikon" (c.1820) by Friedrich Kuhlau. It is an aleatoric piece of music of the same kind as, for instance, Kirnberger's "Der allezeit fertige Menuetten- und Polonaisencomponist" and the "Musikalisches Würfelspiel" attributed to Mozart.
It consists of 21 piles of cards, each card containing one bar of music. The player selects one of the 11 cards in each pile by throwing dice. Put together, these cards form a little waltz. The project is of course to make it an online game, at the same time giving us some experience with MEI workflows.

The question is: How should we encode the multiple alternatives for each bar? The guidelines explain that the <choice> element "groups a number of alternative encodings for the same point in a text". Sounds perfect for this purpose. However, it only allows editorial markup elements like <abbr>, <sic>, <corr>, <reg>, <orig>, <unclear>, <subst>, and <expan> as child elements (BTW, the guidelines p. 163 also mention <add> and <del>, but not <abbr>, <expan>, and <subst> - a mistake?).

How do we encode choices among a number of alternatives provided by the composer as part of the compositional concept?



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Axel Teich Geertinger
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