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Guido of Arezzo

991 - 1050

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Guido of Arezzo (Italian: Guido d'Arezzo; c. 991–992 – after 1033) was an Italian music theorist and pedagogue of High medieval music. A Benedictine monk, he is regarded as the inventor—or by some, developer—of the modern staff notation that had a massive influence on the development of Western musical notation and practice. Perhaps the most significant European writer on music between Boethius and Johannes Tinctoris, after the former's De institutione musica, Guido's Micrologus was most widely distributed medieval treatise on music.Biographical information on Guido is only available from two contemporary documents; though they give limited background, a basic understanding of his life can be unraveled. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Guido of Arezzo has received more than 538,864 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Guido of Arezzo is the 42nd most popular composer (up from 54th in 2019), the 142nd most popular biography from Italy (up from 183rd in 2019) and the 8th most popular Italian Composer.

Guglielmo da Pisa, known as Guido of Arezzo, was a medieval Italian music theorist and composer. He is most famous for inventing the Guidonian hand, a system of musical notation that uses lines and spaces between staves to indicate pitch.

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Among composers, Guido of Arezzo ranks 42 out of 1,216Before him are Sergei Prokofiev, Johann Strauss I, Modest Mussorgsky, Jean Sibelius, Béla Bartók, and Camille Saint-Saëns. After him are Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Gaetano Donizetti, Tomaso Albinoni, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Carl Maria von Weber, and Erik Satie.

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Among people born in 991, Guido of Arezzo ranks 1 Among people deceased in 1050, Guido of Arezzo ranks 1After him are Zoë Porphyrogenita, Peter, King of Hungary, Anund Jacob, Ingegerd Olofsdotter of Sweden, Herleva, and Suryavarman I.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Guido of Arezzo ranks 142 out of 4,668Before him are Victor Emmanuel III of Italy (1869), Nerva (30), Andrea Palladio (1508), Pope Clement VIII (1536), Andrea del Verrocchio (1435), and Pope Pius VII (1742). After him are Pope Urban VII (1521), Pope Pius VIII (1761), Paolo Veronese (1528), Luca Pacioli (1445), Pope Alexander VIII (1610), and Pope Pius II (1405).

Among COMPOSERS In Italy

Among composers born in Italy, Guido of Arezzo ranks 8Before him are Giuseppe Verdi (1813), Giacomo Puccini (1858), Gioachino Rossini (1792), Claudio Monteverdi (1567), Ennio Morricone (1928), and Antonio Salieri (1750). After him are Gaetano Donizetti (1797), Tomaso Albinoni (1671), Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632), Domenico Scarlatti (1685), Vincenzo Bellini (1801), and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710).