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LÉONIN  

(1150 - 1201)

The French composer known as Léonin or Magister Leoninus is said to have been active in Paris in the second half of the 12th century, associated with the new church of Notre Dame. His reputed achievement lies in the development and transcription of organa (embellishments of plainchant by the addition of a second voice) and the creation of the Magnus liber – the ‘Great Book’ in which is preserved the repertory of liturgical polyphony produced at Notre Dame during this time. The collection was said to have been revised in later years by Pérotin.

Role: Classical Composer 
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