Hucbald

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Hucbald

(hŭk`bôld), c.840–930, Flemish monk, composer and writer, formerly thought to be the author of the Musica enchiriadis (see polyphonypolyphony
, music whose texture is formed by the interweaving of several melodic lines. The lines are independent but sound together harmonically. Contrasting terms are homophony, wherein one part dominates while the others form a basically chordal accompaniment, and monophony,
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). He wrote a musical treatise, De institutione harmonica, but he is more important as a biographer of saints.
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Part 2, "The Synthesis of Ancient Greek Theory and Medieval Practice," opens with a discussion of two theorists already mentioned, Hucbald of St.