Stemma Theory

  • Guerino Mazzola
Part of the Computational Music Science book series (CMS)


The stemma theory is introduced from its musicological and practical motivation. Semiotically speaking, performance is a result of a diachronic process. This is traced on the structure of a genealogical tree, the stemma of a performance. The stemma formalizes the diachronic process of rehearsal and practising. We describe the structure of stemmata as “family trees of performance”, together with the corresponding genetic and environmental principles.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guerino Mazzola
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  1. 1.School of MusicUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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