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Finding music pieces whose similarity is explainable in plain musical terms can be of considerable value in many applications. We propose a composition grouping method based on musicological approach. The underlying idea is to compare music notation to natural language. In music notation, a musical theme corresponds to a word. The more similar motives we find in two musical pieces, the higher is their overall similarity score. We develop the definition of a motive as well as the way to comparedoi:10.1371/journal.pone.0240443 pmid:33031468 fatcat:vrq5mrarxbfm5nfqzpgc326f5i