Franco of Cologne

German composer, musicologist, writer and music theorist

1300   -   1299

country of citizenship: Germany
language of expression: German
occupation: composer, musicologist, writer, music theorist

Franco of Cologne (fl. mid-13th century, also known as Franco of Paris) was a German music theorist and possibly a composer. He was one of the most influential theorists of the late Medieval era, and was the first to propose an idea which was to transform musical notation permanently: that the duration of any note should be determined by its appearance on the page, and not from context alone. The result was Franconian notation.
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