Rudolf of St Trond

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Rudolf of St Trond[1] (c. 1070–1138) was a Benedictine abbot of St Trond Abbey, chronicler and composer.[2]

A musical treatise Quaestiones in musica was attributed to him by Rudolf Steglich;[3] another suggestion is Franco of Liège.[4]

He wrote a chronicle Gesta Abbatum Trudonensium, on the abbots of his abbey, beginning in 999;[5] it is included in the Paleographie musicale and the Monumenta Germaniae Historica. His description of monastic life includes details of musical practice and training methods of Guido of Arezzo.[6] Historian Henri de Lubac wrote that he showed "a very exacting and almost combative idea of historical truth."[7]


  1. ^ Rodulf, Rodolfus, Rodolphe, Radulphus, Rudolph, Raoul.
  2. ^ Radulphus of St. Trond
  3. ^ Rudolf Steglich, Die Quaestiones in musica: ein Choraltraktat des zentralen Mittelalters und ihr mutmasslicher Verfasser, Rudolf von St Trond (1070–1138) (Leipzig, 1911/R)
  4. ^ Dolores Pesce, The Affinities and Medieval Transposition (1987), pp. 39-40.
  5. ^ Sources
  6. ^ Gordon A. Anderson & C. Matthew Balensuela. "Rodolfus of St Truiden". In L. Root, Deane. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press.  (subscription required)
  7. ^ Medieval Exegesis (1988 translation), p. 73.

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