Hildegard of Bingen

Biography

Born: 1098; Bemersheim, Germany   Died: September 17, 1179; Rupertsburg, Germany   
In the summer of 1098, a child was born to noble parents in Bermersheim, near Alzey, in modern-day Rheinhessen, and was christened Hildegard. By her own account, she was having visions at the age of five; her parents placed her in the care of a small nunnery when she was eight. Over an 81-year life-span, this remarkable woman would go on to lead the Abbey at Disibodenberg, and found two further convents of her own; she wrote three major Read more theological works and a number of shorter treatises on natural history, herbalism, and healing, as well as the first surviving morality play and a large number of hymns and sequences. Her correspondence gave counsel and advice to many of the most prominent figures of her time, even to Frederick Barbarossa himself. She performed healings and a celebrated exorcism, and -- an extremely rare privilege for a woman -- took several officially sanctioned public preaching tours.
Hildebert and Mechtild, her parents, had promised this (their tenth child) to the Church's service, and gave the precocious 8-year-old as novice to Jutta of Spanheim, who led a small cell of nuns attached to the Benedictine monastery of Disibodenberg, near Bingen and the cathedral town of Mainz. Hildegard took her vows at the age of 15, and on Jutta's death in 1136 succeeded her as prioress of the small eremitic community. In 1141, God granted her a vision of flaming tongues descending upon her from heaven, and she devoted her life to following this mystic vision. Pope Eugenius III officially validated her religious visions at the Synod of Trier in 1148, and gave her permission to record them in written form. In addition to her writings, she began to attract further women to her community, and, between 1147 and 1150, she founded (against the wishes of her male superiors at Disibodenberg) a new abbey at Rupertsberg in the Rhine valley. Her ministry thrived and she established a daughter abbey at Eibingen around 1165. Four times in the 1160s she took preaching tours through the German lands, and after her death in 1179, Popes Gregory IX and Innocent IV proposed her canonization, followed by Clement V and John XXII, to no avail.
With the aid and encouragement of her monastic secretary Volmar, Hildegard began in 1141 to record her revelations; twenty-six visions comprise her first work, the Scivias, compiled over a ten-year period. Her prophetic and apocalyptic writings would later include the Liber vite meritorum (1158-63) and Liber divinorum operum (1163-70). In the interval between these volumes, Hildegard wrote two works on natural history (Physica) and medicine (Cause et cure), a commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict, lives of two saints, and a number of surviving sermons on sundry topics. Her interest in devotional poetry first shows up in the Scivias. In the early 1150s, she collected a large number of liturgical and devotional poems, each with associated music, such as the Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum, which also included her liturgical drama the Ordo virtutem. This work she continued to enlarge and embellish through her life. The "Sybil of the Rhine" also left a voluminous correspondence -- some three hundred surviving letters -- sending advice, prayers, teachings, encouragements, and often chastisement to popes, emperors, kings, archbishops, abbots and abbesses throughout Europe. Read less
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    TranceClassical / Beiser
    Label: Innova   Catalog: INN952 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Michael Gordon,  Imogen Heap,  Glenn Kotche  ... 
    Performer:  Maya Beiser
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    Music for a Medieval Abbey / Vendome, Oxford Girls Choir
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1289 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen
    Conductor:  Richard Vendome
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    O Eterne Deus: Music of Hildegard von Bingen / Vajra Voices
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1291 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen
    Performer:  Shira Kammen,  Karen Clark,  Allison Zelles Lloyd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vajra Voices
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    Label: Healing Chants   Catalog: 5638445126 Release Date: 05/15/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen
    Performer:  Norma Gentile
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    Goettliches Licht - Antiphone & Psalmen
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 1982 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Hildegard of Bingen
    Performer:  Hans Ganser,  Rainer Herpichbohm,  Sabine Lutzenberger,  Heinz Schwamm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Augsburg Early Music Ensemble
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    Magna Carta
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1283 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Anonymous,  Hildegard of Bingen,  English Polyph Anonymous
    Conductor:  David Skinner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire,  Magdala
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    Classics for Choir / Marlow, Choir of Trinity College Cambridge
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1270 Release Date: 01/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Henry Balfour Gardiner,  Samuel Barber,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Marlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
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    Von Bingen: Vox Cosmica
    Label: Carpe Diem   Catalog: 16304 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen,  Petter Udland Johansen,  Peter Abelard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hirundo Maris
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    Dreams & Prayers /  David Krakauer, A Far Cry
    Label: Crier   Catalog: 1401 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen,  Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  David Krakauer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  A Far Cry
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    Hildegard Von Bingen: Ave Generosa
    Label: Classico   Catalog: 233861 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen
    Conductor:  Nenia Zenana
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    La Cite Des Dames
    Label: Capella De Ministrers   Catalog: 1333 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Hildegard of Bingen,  Codex Bamberg Anonymous,  Gracia Baptista  ... 
    Conductor:  Carles Magraner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de Ministrers
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    Sunken Cathedral
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 880 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen,  Bora Yoon
    Performer:  Bora Yoon,  Peter Scherer,  Sympho,  Sekou Sundiata  ... 
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    Ros - Songs of Christmas / Pedersen, Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2029 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Hildegard of Bingen,  Per Norgaard,  Gustaf Nordqvist  ... 
    Performer:  Rolf Lislevand,  Gjermund Larsen,  Berit Opheim,  Bjorn Kjellemyr
    Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
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    Full Well She Sang / Toronto Consort
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81445 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Hildegard of Bingen,  Traditional,  de Dia, Beatriz, Comtessa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Consort
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    Possessed
    Label: Heresy Records   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Toninho Nascimento,  Guillaume Dufay,  Santiago de Murcia  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ex
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    Hildegard Von Bingen: Celestial Hierarchy
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 546864 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen
    Performer:  Lena Susanne Norin,  Sabine Lutzenberger,  Norbert Rodenkirchen,  Lydia Brotherton  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
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    Inspiration: Hildegard Von Bingen - Lieder Und Visionen
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300425 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vocame
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    The Early Music Of Capilla Antigua De Chinchilla
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503270 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alfonso X (El Sabio),  Anonymous,  Thibault de Champagne,  Richard I "Coeur-de-Lion"  ... 
    Conductor:  José Ferrero
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capilla Antigua de Chinchilla
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    Ave Maria / Daniel Taylor, Petits Chanteurs Du Mont-royal
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29841 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giulio Caccini,  Franz Schubert,  William Byrd,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Alain Lefčvre,  Luc Beauséjour,  Amanda Keesmaat
    Conductor:  Gilbert Patenaude
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
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    Music For Paradise: The Best Of Hildegard Von Bingen
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 798305 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen,  Elizabeth Gaver
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
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    Percival's Lament / Ferrero, Capilla Antigua De Chinchilla
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572800 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tannhauser,  Wolfram von Eschenbach,  Chrétien de Troyes,  Rigaut de Berbezilh  ... 
    Conductor:  José Ferrero
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capilla Antigua de Chinchilla
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    Label: Raum Klang   Catalog: 310 Release Date: 10/19/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Peter Abelard,  Hildegard of Bingen,  Michel Beheim  ... 
    Conductor:  Agnies Budzinska-Bennett
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    Filia Sion / Jaan-eik Tulve, Vox Clamantis
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001695602 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Traditional,  Pérotin,  Hildegard of Bingen  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis Ensemble
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  • 24.
    Great Classical Masterpieces: Bestselling Recordings 1987-2012
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578217 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Norbert Kraft,  Klára Körmendi,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly,  István Bogár,  György Lehel,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
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    Saltarello / Garth Knox, Agnes Vesterman, Sylvain Lemetre
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 4764501 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Hildegard of Bingen,  John Dowland,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Agnčs Vesterman,  Garth Knox,  Sylvain Lemętre
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