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date: 13 November 2019

Monk of Salzburg locked

  • Franz Viktor Spechtler


( fl late 14th century). German poet and composer . 49 sacred and 57 secular songs, all with music, appear in manuscripts of the 15th and 16th centuries and of the Meistergesang era. Although his works are to be found in more than 90 manuscripts, his identity, like that of most medieval German poets, has never been documented. The introduction to the manuscript A ( D-Mbs Cgm 715) mentions the name Herman, but manuscripts C ( Mbs Cgm 528) and E ( A-Wn 4696) call him Johanns or Hanns (Spechtler, 9ff); manuscript A makes him a Benedictine and C a Dominican, while E and the other manuscripts give no such description; all, however, agree that he was a learned monk who wrote sacred and secular songs, many of which are attributed to him as ‘Mönch’, not only in the introductions to manuscripts but even singly (e.g. in D, Wn 2856...

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