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Hildegard created over 77 unique songs. She considered music the point where heaven and earth meet. She believed harmony to be more than the combination of voices and instruments, for her it represented the balance of body and soul, the interconnectivity of man with the universe. According to Hildegard, it is through music that we experience the paradise that once reigned as reality on earth. And by singing the liturgical chants we can gain access to the angelic choruses.

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Hildegard and Medieval Music: A Conversation with Benjamin Bagby

Benjamin Bagby is the Director of Sequentia, one of the world’s most respected and innovative ensembles for medieval music. He was gracious enough to share a few moments with us to discuss his work, his inspiration, and his thoughts on the significance of medieval music as well as our namesake, Hildegard von Bingen. About Benjamin…

San Francisco Ordo Virtutum

San Francisco Ordo Virtutum

Hildegard of Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum has experienced a renaissance in recent years. Several modern adaptations have appeared, one which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In 2017, the San Francisco Renaissance Voices along with Diana Rowan and Deepak Ram expertly performed a Contemporary Ordo Virtutum.

Contemporary Ordo Virtutum

A Contemporary Ordo Virtutum

This contemporary take on Ordo Virtutum, performed alongside Diana Rowan and the San Francisco Renaissance Voices, takes an interesting twist as it incorporates the sounds of traditional North Indian (Hindustani) classical music for which Deepak is famous.

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Dr. Barbara Stuehlmeyer: Music by Hildegard of Bingen

Dr. Stuehlmeyer was gracious enough to help us refine our posts on music of Hildegard of Bingen. Dr. Barbara Stuehlmeyer is a Hildegard scholar, German musicologist, church musician, writer and contributing editor.  In the process, we came to know and appreciate her deep expertise in Hildegard of Bingen and Hildegard music in particular. Music of Hildegard of Bingen…

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Hildegard Music

Hildegard von Bingen remains unique in the history of music. There is no comparably large work of any composer in the twelfth century or before equal to Hildegard’s musical compositions.

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Hildegard of Bingen Music

In America Hildegard is best known for her holistic approach to healing, her creative power and perhaps above all, for Hildegard of Bingen music.