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Théophile "Theo" Agustoni (born 25 August 1930, Lugano) is an Italian-speaking Swiss novelist, essayist and musicologist.

Life and work

Both philologist and musicologist specializing in early music (works from before 1600), he is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the study of Medieval and Renaissance music. He has spent the greater part of his lifetime gathering materials relating to Cluniac music. He has studied the relationship between mathematics and "Gregorian Chant" or "Organum" music. He has discovered that some of the earliest written/recorded music from the Gregorian period (around 600 A.D.) show that the composers/musicians of that time used the intervals of unisons and octaves almost exclusively. Following some time later the intervals of fifths and fourths were commonly used. In 1962, Agustoni left Switzerland and moved to England. Here he previously taught courses at the City University London. He served as a chairman of the London Opera Society and was active in the London Opera Club, later he contributed articles to music journals. Whilst in Bournemouth in the late 1960s he met J. R. R. Tolkien, who encouraged him to write novels. He has published more than fifty books under pseudonyms. Between 1969 and 2006 he has written the Albin Fuchs fantasy series, published under the pseudonym of Cercamondo, the idea for which was conceived whilst still in England. He relocated to Switzerland in 1995, first Zurich then Lugano.

Selected works

  • Reconstructing Cluniac music, London 1963.
  • Cluniac Music, in Arts and Ideas, by William Fleming, 3rd ed. New York, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1968.
  • The Reign of the Perfect Intervals, London 1969.


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