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date: 15 May 2021

Otloh of St Emmeramlocked

  • David Hiley


(bc1010; dc1070). Benedictine writer, composer and music theorist. A monk at St Emmeram in Regensburg, he was one of the most productive authors of his time, writing on a wide variety of subjects. He was heavily involved in the fabricated ‘discovery’ of the relics of St Dionysius (Denis of Paris) at St Emmeram in 1049. Although he is addressed as a partner in the music theory treatise of Wilhelm , whose teacher he appears to have been, no treatise by Otloh has survived. On the other hand, liturgical chants copied by him are to be found in a number of manuscripts that originated in St Emmeram, and it is likely that he composed many of them. Among his works are a sequence for St Dionysius Exultemus in ista fratres, a troped Kyrie O pater immense and chants for the proper Office of St Dionysius (...

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