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Sean

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Hermanus Contractus 995th anniversary
« on: April 27, 2008, 01:55:45 AM »
He was born in February 1013 and as far as I know is the earliest named composer whose work survives- if only a few monophonic pieces. His birth and death dates and in fact much else about his life are known, but the 950th anniversary of his death (1054) in 2004 passed unnoticed. The next earliest name I think is Peter Abelard.

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Re: Hermanus Contractus 995th anniversary
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2008, 11:03:16 AM »
He was born in February 1013 and as far as I know is the earliest named composer whose work survives- if only a few monophonic pieces.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limenius

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Re: Hermanus Contractus 995th anniversary
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2008, 11:08:01 AM »
He was born in February 1013 and as far as I know is the earliest named composer whose work survives- if only a few monophonic pieces.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limenius

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Yes, and let's not forget Odo of Arezzo, who was born in the 900's ........

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Re: Hermanus Contractus 995th anniversary
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2008, 02:32:04 PM »
Okay, I know a bit about the surviving Greek fragments, and also there's St Ambrose c340-97 who may have composed a few attributable lines, but I hadn't heard of Odo of Arezzo...

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Re: Hermanus Contractus 995th anniversary
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2008, 06:30:52 AM »
but I hadn't heard of Odo of Arezzo...

Sean,

There's also Odo of Cluny (b. 878), who composed twelve choral antiphons in honour of St Martin of Tours. 

We also should note Kassia.  Approximately fifty of Kassia‚Äôs (b. 805/810) hymns have survived and twenty-three are included in Orthodox Church liturgical books.  What more could one want?

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Re: Hermanus Contractus 995th anniversary
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2008, 02:09:20 PM »
I didn't know- I'm very interested in early identifiable figures; my own listening, apart from plainchant and other anonymous music is


AMBROSE, Saint             c340-97       German/ Roman
CONTRACTUS, Hermannus          1013-54       German
ABELARD, Peter                1079-1142    French
BINGEN, Hildegard of             1098-1179    German
LEONIN, Magister            c1135-c1201   French      
SAINT VICTOIRE, Godefroy de          fl.1170-90    French
BRULE, Gace                c1160-c1213    French
PEROTIN, Magnus             c1160-c1225    French
CHANCELLOR, Philippe the          c1165-1236    French
DARGIES, Gautier de             c1165-c1236    French      
COINCY, Gautier de             1177-1236    French      
SEMILLI, Richard de             fl.c1200      French
BASTART, Audefroi le            fl.1190-1230    French
SOIGNIES, Gontier de

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Re: Hermanus Contractus 995th anniversary
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2008, 11:02:21 PM »
Peanut butter, flour and sugar do not make cookies. They make FIRE.

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Re: Hermanus Contractus 995th anniversary
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2008, 12:14:19 AM »
Extraordinary list there. Extant and attributable stuff from at least the 9th and 10th centuries- would be extremely interesting to get hold of recordings.