26 March 2005

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)

German Abbess, writer, artist, visionary and musician. Her compositions include Antiphons and Responds, Sequences and Hymns. Individual in her time, her music was not drawn from plainchant, instead developing melodic frameworks. Ordo Virtutum, the first western morality play, consists of over 80 melodic motifs in a syllabic setting. She used organic structures, never identically repeating anything. Her music has had a massive revival at the end of the 20th century. Also see Singing the Mystery by June Boyce-Tillman, original compositions based on the music, words and writing of Hildegard Von Bingen.

Features in Historical Anthology of Music by Women


The Complete Hildegard of Bingen Volume 2

Performed by: Sinfonye

Aurora
Stevie Wishart: director with the Oxford Girls Choir and Vivien Ellis.
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1999          £16  

The Complete Hildegard of Bingen

Performed by: Sinfonye

Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations
Performed by Sinfonye dir Stevie Wishart with the Oxford Girls Choir and Vivien Ellis voice.




Stevie Wishart: director with the Oxford Girls Choir and Vivien Ellis.
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1996          £16  

A Feather on the Breath of God

Performed by: Gothic Voices

With Emma Kirkby soprano. Voted one of the top 100 recordings of the 20th Century.
1984          £16  



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