Rudolf of St Trond

Rudolf of St Trond (also Rodulf, Rodolfus, Rodolphe, Radulphus, Rudolph, or Raoul, c. 1070–1138) was a Benedictine abbot of St Trond Abbey, chronicler and composer.[1]

A musical treatise Quaestiones in musica was attributed to him by Rudolf Steglich;[2] another suggestion is Franco of Liège.[3]

He wrote a chronicle Gesta Abbatum Trudonensium, on the abbots of his abbey, beginning in 999;[4] 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.[5] Historian Henri de Lubac wrote that he showed "a very exacting and almost combative idea of historical truth."[6]


  1. ^ Radulphus of St. Trond
  2. ^ Rudolf Steglich, Die Quaestiones in musica: ein Choraltraktat des zentralen Mittelalters und ihr mutmasslicher Verfasser, Rudolf von St Trond (1070–1138) (Leipzig, 1911/R)
  3. ^ Dolores Pesce, The Affinities and Medieval Transposition (1987), pp. 39-40.
  4. ^ Sources
  5. ^ Anderson, Gordon A. & Balensuela, C. Matthew (2001). "Rodolfus of St Truiden". In Root, Deane L. (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Oxford University Press. Cite uses deprecated parameter |last-author-amp= (help)
  6. ^ Medieval Exegesis (1988 translation), p. 73.

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