cmr filter marks conspicuous melodic repetitions,
particularly for use with vocal music from the Renaissance.
A “Conspicuous Melodic Repetition” is defined as the repetition of a pitch at least three times within six whole notes’ duration. One of the repeated pitches must be a local melodic high (or low) note and be either syncopated or approached by a leap. The other repeated notes must be at least metrically accented.
Local melodic maximums
Identifying local high notes is the first step in identifying a CMR. These local maximum are defined as having a higher pitch than the note immediately preceding or following the peak note. In the example below, green notes mark local maximums:
-l option can be added to highlight the local maximum pitches,
-L option can be used to mark only the local maximum
pitches without further analysis to identify CMRs.
Syncopation or leaps
The next criteria to identify a CMR is that a local maximum must be additionally accentuated by either being syncopated or preceded by a leap—a melodic interval greater than a second.
-E option highlights leaps preceding local maximum pitches.