mensural music

Adam of Fulda

Adam of Fulda (c. 1445 – 1505) was a German musical author of the second half of the 15th century. He was born in Fulda and died in Wittenberg.

In Heinrich Glarean's Dodecachordon he is described as Francum Germanum, i.e. of German origin. Adam of Fulda calls himself at times musicus ducalis (musician of the Court). He also mentions Guillaume Dufay (1400-1474) as his contemporary.


Of Adam of Fulda, two publications are known. One is a four part manuscript written in Strasbourg, 4 November 1490. It deals in 7 chapters with an explication, invention and praise of music; in 21 chapters with the human hand, the chant, the voice, the clefs, the mutation and the keys; In 13 chapters with mensural music and in 8 chapters with proportions and consonances.

The other is a composition in four voices, named O vera lux et gloria by Glarean, but originally belonging to the song Ach hülff mich leid und senlich klag (sic) by Adam of Fulda.


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