Aribo [Aribo Scholasticus]
- Andrew Hughes
(fl Freising, c1068–78). Music theorist. He was the author of a treatise De musica. There are only two pieces of substantial evidence relating to his life, both deriving from his treatise: the first is the dedication to Ellenhard, Bishop of Freising (d 1078); the second is a reference to Wilhelm as Abbot of Hirsau (1068–91). These place the date of the writing of the treatise between 1068 and 1078.
Aribo’s association with Freising is supported by his knowledge of Wilhelm, who was previously a monk of St Emmeram at nearby Regensburg. A 12th-century anonymous author from Melk referred to Aribo as ‘Cirinus’ ( PL , ccxiii, 981–2), an epithet given also to the 8th-century Bishop Aribo of Freising. Meichelbeck in 1724 referred to Aribo as ‘Freisingensis’ without documentation. Citing Aribo extensively, the 14th-century theorist Engelbert of Admont called him ‘scholasticus Aurelianensis’ (GerbertS, ii, 289): this constitutes a unique reference to Orléans. Smits van Waesberghe (...