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Monk of Salzburg

Monk of Salzburg. fl. late 14th century. Part of a literary circle, some of whose members are referred to in his songs, the monk of Salzburg was associated with the hedonistic court of Pilgrim II von Puchheim, archbishop of Salzburg from 1365 to 1396. 57 secular songs and 49 sacred songs survive, some of which are translations of Latin monophonic and polyphonic hymns and sequences* into German. The monk’s songs were widely transmitted for over a century; they are found in almost 100 manuscripts, in some of which he is variously named Hermann, Johanns or Hanns, and occasionally identified as a Dominican or a Benedictine monk (see Spechtler, 2001). Twenty of the monk of Salzburg’s religious...

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