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St Hildegard

Catherine Bott is joined by Fiona Maddocks for an exploration of the life of the German abbess, visionary, poet and composer Hildegard of Bingen, who died on 17th September 1179.

Catherine Bott chats to Fiona Maddocks about the remarkable life of the German abbess, visionary, poet and composer Hildegard of Bingen who died on 17th September 1179. Hildegard wrote that she experienced visions from an early age and as a child entered the monastery at Disibodenberg on the Rhine; Hildegard was later to found monasteries in Rupertsburg and later in Eibingen. Throughout her life, Hildegard continued to have visions and later began to record what she experienced, 'Scivias', which contains 14 lyric texts that appeared with music. Hildegard extensive musical settings of her own poetry dated back at least to the 1140's, and totals over 70 songs, antiphons, responses, sequences, and her 'Ordo virtutum', possibly the oldest surviving morality play. Catherine Bott and writer Fiona Maddocks discuss this fascinating character, whose Saint's Day falls on September 17th.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Antiphon: O rubor sanguinis

    Performers: Anonymous 4

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMU 907200.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Sequence: O Ierusalem

    Performers: Gothic Voices, Christopher Page (director)

    • HYPERION.
    • CDS 44251/3.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Kyrie

    Performers: Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly (director)

    • NAXOS.
    • 8.550998.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    O Ecclesia

    Performers: Sequentia

    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 05472 77346-2.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    O viridissima virga

    Performers: Gothic Voices, Christopher Page (director)

    • HYPERION.
    • CDS 44251/3.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    from Ordo Virtutum: Anima processional / Scene 1 O gravis labor / Instrumental dance

    Performers: Sequentia

    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 05472 77394-2.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Antiphon: Caritas habundat in omnia

    Performers: Anonymous 4

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMU 907327.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Antiphon: O rubor sanguinis

  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Sequence: O Ierusalem

  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Kyrie

  • Hildegard von Bingen

    O Ecclesia

  • Hildegard von Bingen

    O viridissima virga

  • Hildegard von Bingen

    From Ordo Virtutum: Anima processional; Scene 1: O gravis labor; Dance

  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Antiphon: Caritas habundat in omnia

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