Sant Omer

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A musician named Sant Omer or hailing from the French town of Saint-Omer near Calais is specified as the composer of a three-voice Sanctus in the early fifteenth century music manuscript, Padua, Biblioteca Universitaria, MS 1475. Fragments of the Sanctus are also found in a manuscript formerly in Budapest,[1] discovered in 1990 but now lost. The style of the piece has been described as "archaic"[2] with modal rhythms resembling those of the Mass of Tournai.[3] It is one of several pieces described as part of the "Stili Vaganti" by Francesco Facchin.[4] Adjacent to the Paduan Sanctus is an Agnus Dei in similar style which may be by the same composer.[5]

The Sanctus has been edited and completed by Giulio Cattin and Francesco Facchin in Polyphonic Music of the Fourteenth Century vol. 23B, pp. 434–44, though it is marked as an anonymous composition.


  1. ^ Brewer, Charles. "The Historical Context of Polyphony in Medieval Hungary: An Examination of Four Fragmentary Sources," Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 32 (1990), pp. 5–21.
  2. ^ Fischer, Kurt von. "Sant Omer" in Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
  3. ^ Layton, Billy Jim. "Italian Music for the Ordinary of the Mass, 1300-1450." Ph.D. dissertation: Harvard University, 1960
  4. ^ Facchin, Francesco. "Stili Vaganti!" in Zimei, Francesco, editor, Antonio Zacara da Teramo e il suo tempo (Lucca: Libreria Musicale Italiana, 2004 [i.e., 2005]). pp. 359–81.
  5. ^ Cuthbert, Michael Scott. "Trecento Fragments and Polyphony beyond the Codex." Ph.D. dissertation: Harvard University, 2006. Chp. 2.