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Musica enchiriadis
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[German Version]

(from Gk enchiridion, “handbook”), title of a treatise probably written by abbot Hoger around 900 at Werden abbey near Essen, the first to discuss polyphonic music (organum). It divides the whole range of notes into 4½ tetrachords (four-note series) with a semitone in the middle of each. It uses the so-called dasia signs for song notation, derived from a basic sign similar to F (Notation, musical). Most sources continue the treatise with the Scolica enchiriadis de musica.


Source: Musica et Scolica enchiriadis, ed. H. Schmid, 1981

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Boisits, Barbara, “Musica enchiriadis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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