This is a collection of about 8000 European and Chinese folk songs written in Essen Associative Code (EsAC). This database was started under the direction of the late Helmut Scaffrath who invented the EsAC code. I converted the database into abc music notation using a tcl/tk script that I wrote. I am grateful to Damien Sagrillo and Ewa Dahlig-Turek who made available several other collections (HAYDN.SM, IRL.SM, LUX.SM, LOT.SM, HAN1.SM and HAN2.SM which were not publicly available.)
A few more collections were found on the web site ccarh.org. in the form of kern scores. They were converted into abc files using hum2abc producing chinese collections - natmin.abc, and shanxi.abc. The Polish database was found in the esac folder (dwok01_*.sm) and converted into abc files using my software. They were added to this collection in October 2013.
Tcl script for converting EsAC code to abc:
everything in a zip file
Note I fixed ballad80.abc on October 6 2010. See readme.txt in esac.zip for more details. November 18 2010: many of the measures (bars) do not correspond to the length indicated in the time signature. I regenerated all the abc files but some problems still persist (see readme.txt).
For reference, the kern files were converted to abc files
using the command
hum2abc --no-slur --dir myfolder > myfolder.abc
Hum2abc was found on the page extra.humdrum.org/man/hum2abc/. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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