In document analysis field, Optical Musical Recognition is a mature area in printed scores, whereas few research works have been done in handwritten ones. The difficulties in handwritten scores are increased if we work in old documents, because of paper degradation and the lack of a standard in musical notation. In this paper we propose a method to segment staff and graphical primitives in old handwritten scores. The extraction of staff lines has been performed using Hough Transform, skeletization, median filters and a contour tracking process. The segmentation of lines and head notes has been done using morphological operations and median filters. Our method has been tested with several scores of XIX century with high performance rates.
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