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Finnish Folk Song Database - Availability for Research

Music databases are useful tools for the basic research on the musical structure, classification and other such large-scale analytic and empirical techniques. Databases also facilitate the development of technical applications, such as various musical search and query methods (e.g., query-by-humming or finding melodic using symbolic information) that all fall under the general term of Music Information Retrieval (MIR, see ISMIR, The International Conferences on Music Information Retrieval and Related Activities).

There are not many large scale folk song collections available for research purposes. The Essen Folk song collection (Schaffrath, 1995) is one good example and various other, less well annotated databases exist as well, e.g., Themefinder and Meldex.


The Finnish folk song database is available for research purposes (that is, noncommercial) provided that the attribution is maintained, i.e., you must give the original authors credit. To cite the Finnish Folk Music Database, use: Eerola, T., & Toiviainen, P. (2004). Suomen Kansan eSävelmät. Finnish Folk Song Database. [1.10.2008]. Available: http://esavelmat.jyu.fi/.