"We know that everyone has influences and inspirations and collaborations, but they often go unmentioned. How do classical music composers collaborate with and influence one another?" according to Science 2.0.
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We have some answers. Big Data has been able to show how culture has evolved and influenced the recording market.
A new study was based on the largest classical music recordings database to date, using online retailer ArkivMusic and music reference site AllMusicGuide. The authors focused on analyzing networks of composers contemporary to CD publications, using modern data analysis and data modeling techniques. They first determined how fundamental properties of the network of Western classical music composers correlate with the artistic styles and active periods of their composer.
They found such network displays the small-world property and a modular structure.
Topology and evolution of the network of western classical music composers.
D. Park, A. Bae, M. Schich and J. Park (2015), EPJ Data Science, 4:2, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1140/epjds/s13688-015-0039-z
Source: Science 2.0