Hucbald of St. Amand and Regino of Prüm

Charles M. Atkinson

in The Critical Nexus

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780195148886
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852185 | DOI:

Series: AMS Studies in Music

Hucbald of St. Amand and Regino of Prüm

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This chapter addresses the writings of Hucbald of St. Amand and Regino of Prüm. Hucbald's work represents the first attempt to fuse Boethian theory with chant theory, and it is, in many ways, a remarkable accomplishment. Two rather different kinds of music theory were current in the later 9th century, one deriving its terminology and approach from the practice of singing plainchant—often called cantus theory—and the other strongly influenced by ancient Greek harmonic theory as transmitted into the Middle Ages by writers such as Boethius. The dichotomy that obviously existed around 900 is both reflected and acknowledged by Regino of Prüm in his Epistola de harmonica institutione.

Keywords: Hucbald of St. Amand; Regino of Prüm; chant; Boethian theory; Middle Ages

Chapter.  10123 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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