Hildegard von Bingen was a 12th century abbess in Germany.  Her parents gave her to the church as a tithe, being the 10th child in their family.  She accomplished many many significant things in her life, but in this post I want to talk about her music.

Hildegard wrote in the plainchant tradition of a single vocal melodic line, the predominant method of liturgical singing in the 12th century.  That means it’s really good chant.  😉

Lately I’ve been listening to Illumination by Richard Souther.  It’s a modern adaptation and interpretation of her works, and adds quite a bit of instrumentation.  It’s hard to exlpain, it’s a bit like Enigma, mostly new-age sounding, but most with a pretty good beat.

It’s really excellent stuff, let me know if you need samples.

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