Notker Balbulus

(also known as Notker the Stammerer)


Notker Balbulus was a musician, teacher, and writer. He was born in Zurich, Switzerland and placed as a child in an Abbey, where he lived as a monk for the rest of his life. He served the Abbey as a librarian and teacher.

Notker composed the words and music to a variety of liturgical sequences. His literary works include an anthology of the writings of the Fathers of the Church, and a method for learning Gregorian chant, and a history of Charlemagne.

Balbus is the Latin word for stuttering, lisping.

Writings by Notker

Notker Balbulus (1969) Charlemagne, in Two Lives of Charlemagne, ed. Lewis Thorpe (Harmondsworth) (a gossipy life of Charlemagne, written by Notker).