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Komponisten & Mystikerin

Academic journal article Notes

Komponisten & Mystikerin

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Hildegard von Bingen. Komponisten & Mystikerin. Ensemble für Frühe Musik Augsburg. Christophorus CHR 77314, 2009 [1990].

Over the nearly three decades since her rediscovery by a music world recently intoxicated by all varieties of early music, the twelfth-century abbess, mystic, poet, and composer Hildegard of Bingen has retained her grip on the listening public's imagination. Enough is known about her life and career that her image can be fashioned to fit any number of musical and political agendas, but it is the richness of her melodic language and the passionate, devotional intensity of both her lyrics and her music that bring listeners (and record buyers) back again and again. This CD, originally released in 1990 and reissued in 2009, places Hildegard's music in two imaginary contexts: first, as is sometimes but by no means always the case with modern interpretations of her compositions, they are occasionally accompanied by recorder, harp, and vielle (although instruments are often mentioned in Hildegard's writings as appropriate accompaniments to her vocal pieces, the notes they play are necessarily matters of conjecture and improvisation). …

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