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Franco of Cologne - theorist, ?composer

Andrew Hughes

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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(fl mid- to late 13th century). German theorist and ?composer. His Ars cantus mensurabilis contained the first major statement of an idea that has been fundamental to Western notation ever since: that different durations should be expressed by different note shapes, and not merely by different contexts. On a more specific level, the actual notational system he advocated held good for the next 200 years, with some refinements and modifications. The treatise

Keywords: Biographical details; Authenticity and date of the ‘Ars cantus mensurabilis’; Content of the ‘Ars cantus mensurabilis’; Manuscript sources

Reference Entry.  2956 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music

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