Adam of St-Victor

(d. c. 1146)

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(12th cent.),

sequence writer and composer. He was long thought to have been a Breton who entered the abbey of St-Victor in Paris (see Victorines) c.1130 and died between 1177 and 1192. He has recently been identified with the Adam who was Precentor of the cathedral of Notre-Dame by 1107, entered the abbey of St-Victor after 1133 and died in 1146. It is not certain which of some 60 sequences surviving from 12th-cent. Paris are Adam's work, but he probably wrote a core of the early texts and some of the melodies.

Subjects: Christianity.

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