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date: 12 December 2019

Odo [Oddo]locked

  • Michel Huglo
  •  and Clyde Brockett



The name of several medieval musicians whose identity has been confused. A tonary and treatise of the late 10th century attributed to ‘Abbot Odo’ may be regarded as the work of an Abbot Odo of Arezzo (see §2), rather than Abbot Odo of Cluny, composer of hymns and antiphons (§1). A Dialogus on music has been attributed to the latter, but it is more probably an anonymous treatise of north Italian provenance (§3). Another tonary, probably of Franciscan origin, has also been wrongly attributed to ‘Abbot Odo’ (§1), and a simple monk of Cluny named Odo has been confused with Abbot Odo of Cluny (§1). A further tonary, De modorum formulis, dating from the 11th century, is an anonymous work showing the influence of Odo of Arezzo and the Dialogus(§4).

Odo, Abbot of Cluny, was born in the Maine in 878/9 and educated by Remigius of Auxerre. He succeeded Berno (...

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