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Khosravani, A and Rasinariu, C (2018)

Emergence of Benford's Law in Classical Music

Journal of Mathematical Sciences: Advances and Applications 54, pp. 11-24.

ISSN/ISBN: Not available at this time. DOI: 10.18642/jmsaa_7100122017

Abstract: We analyzed a large selection of classical musical pieces composed by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Tchaikovsky, and found a surprising connection with mathematics. For each composer, we extracted the time intervals each note was played in each piece and found that the corresponding data sets are Benford distributed. Remarkably, the logarithmic distribution is not only present for the leading digits, but for all digits.

@article{, author = {Khosravani, Azar and Rasinariu, Constantin}, year = {2018}, journal = {Journal of Mathematical Sciences: Advances and Applications}, volume = {54}, pages = {11--24}, title = {Emergence of Benford's Law in Classical Music}, doi = {10.18642/jmsaa_7100122017}, url = {}, }

Reference Type: Journal Article

Subject Area(s): General Interest