Probably circa 1160
Believed to be in France
Believed to have died in 1240 in Paris, France
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His full name was Perotinus Magister, also known as Magister Perotinus or Perotinus Magnus but most refer to him simply as Perotin. He was a French composer of the Medieval Period; one of the few composers of that time whose name has been recorded in history.
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Perotin wrote organum, an early form of counterpoint, and sacred music in the Ars Antiqua style. He was also one of the first composers to use polyphony in his compositions and is said to have influenced the development of the motet.
He is believed to have studied with Leonin; both are said to be members of the Parisian School or the Notre Dame School. Perotin edited the Magnus Liber Organi a collection of organum by Leonin.
Some of his notable works are Alleluia, Pascha nostrum, Sederunt principes and Viderunt omnes Four.
Much is not known about this composer; the little known information about Perotin came largely from a short entry written by an Anonymous IV.
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