Composer of the Week

Sunday, 19 October 2014
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)

Hildegard von BingenHildegard's music is what she is best known for today, yet it is only one aspect of her very full life. She became a powerful abbess whose advice was sought by popes, bishops, emperors and royalty. She was a preacher and the author of three extensive theological texts as well as two scientific works.

In this programme, Rebecca Blundell explores Hildegard's fascinating life, which we know about only because so many of her works survived. 

Image: Hildegard relating a vision to her secretary, Volmar. Source: The Rupertsberg codex.

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

Music Details:

HILDEGARD OF BINGEN arr. Yoon: O Pastor Animarum  - Bora Yoon (voice, percussion, electronics) (Sourced from itunes)
HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: O Ignus Spiritus - Vox Clamantis/ Jaan-Eik Tulve (cond) (ECM 2244)
HILDEGARD OF BINGEN arr Ivanoff: O Euchari - VOX/ Vladimir Ivanoff (dir) (Catalyst 09026 68331)
HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: O tu Illustrata - Tapestry/ Laurie Monahan (dir) (Telarc CD 80456)
HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: Columba aspexit - Gothic Voices/ Christopher Page (Hyperion CDA 66039)
ALI (after HILDEGARD): Refuge - Vas: Azam Ali, Greg Ellis (Narada 163039)
HILDEGARD OF BINGEN arr Beglarian: Electric Ordo Virtutum - The Hildegurls (Sourced from itunes)
HILDEGARD OF BINGEN arr. Yoon: O viridissima virga - Bora Yoon (voice, percussion, electronics) (Sourced from itunes)
HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: Viridissima Virga - Horomona Horo (taonga pūoro), Voices New Zealand/ Karen Grylls (cond) (Atoll ACD 213)