Cochlaeus (real name, Johannes Dobnek)

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Cochlaeus (real name, Johannes Dobnek)

Cochlaeus (real name, Johannes Dobnek), German music theorist; b. Wendelstein, near Nuremberg, Jan. 10, 1479; d. Breslau, Jan. 10, 1552. He studied philosophy at the Univ. of Cologne (B.A., 1505; M.A., 1507), becoming a prof, there in 1509. In 1510 he taught history and geography in Nuremberg. From 1515 he traveled in Italy. After obtaining the degree of doctor of theology in Ferrara (1517), he was ordained a priest in Rome. He subsequently held various ecclesiastical posts in Germany. During the last seven years of his life he was at the Breslau Cathedral. Cochlaeus opposed Luther at the councils of Worms and Augsburg. He publ. numerous theological papers, and was also the author of the treatise Musica (Cologne, 1507; enl. ed., under the title Tetrachordum musices, Nuremberg, 1511, and 6 later eds.; Eng. tr. by C. Miller in Musicological Studies and Documents, XXIII, 1970).

Bibliography

M. Spahn, J. C. (Berlin, 1898).

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