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Before 1400 or so, almost all music was anonymous, and even in the 15th century the number of compositions without a named composer was considerable. The conditions for a musical culture in which authors of polyphonic music (or even more rarely of monophonic songs) were known by name outside their immediate circle of influence and in which they could court interest only developed gradually and differed…

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Meyer, Andreas, “Composer”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022479>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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