- January 30, 2019
Technological Composition – Huawei “completes” Schubert’s Unfinished symphony
Schubert began the symphony in 1822, but had only completed two movements (plus a nearly completed piano score of a Scherzo) when he died in 1828. While a number of composers and musicologists have ‘finished’ the work, including Felix Weingartner, Gerald Abraham and Brian Newbould, and Robin Holloway, now, apparently, there’s an app for that.
“At Huawei, we are always searching for ways in which technology can make the world a better place. So we taught our Mate 20 Pro smartphone to analyse an unfinished, nearly 200-year-old piece of music and to finish it in the style of the original composer,” said Walter Ji, President CBG, Huawei Western Europe. Analysing the timbre, pitch and meter of the existing first two movements of the symphony, Huawei’s AI model generated melodies for third and fourth movements. Emmy award-winning film composer Lucas Cantor then arranged an orchestral score à la Schubert.
Full story and premiere news: https://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/news/huawei-completes-schuberts-unfinished-symphony-using-ai