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Interviewed for Hors-Champ, radio RCF Liège

On May 25, 2022, I was interviewed (in French) by Bénédicte Minguet about Hildegard, her healing qualities, and my Hildegard Revisited project. You can listen to the broadcast here.

Thank you, Bénédicte!

Project Hildegard #39

An appropriate one for Pentecost.

o ignee spiritus

Fiery spirit praise be to you who works through drums and psalteries.

Human minds blaze through you and the tabernacle of their souls contains their powers.

From where the will ascends and gives taste to the soul and desire is its light.

Intellect calls you with the sweetest voice and prepares rationally made dwellings for you which exude golden works.

Yet you always have a sword to cut away what the noxious apple offers through blackest murder.

When a mist covers will and desires in which the soul flies and circles aimlessly.

But the mind ties will and desire together.

Indeed when the spirit rouses itself because the evil eye and the jaws of villainy demand it you quickly consume it in your flame when you so wish.

But when rationality too through wicked deeds prostrates itself you bind it tight and break it when you wish to and restore it by the influx of experience.

And when wickedness draws its sword against you you plunge it back into its heart as you did with the first fallen angel when you flung the tower of his pride into hell.

And there you built another tower raised from publicans and sinners who confess to you their sins and their deeds.

So all creatures that have life through you praise you for you are the most precious ointment for broken and fetid wounds which you change into the most precious gems.

Now allow us all to gather in you and guide us on the path of righteousness.

Amen.

Project Hildegard #38 (2)

Here is my revisiting of o rubor sanguinis.

I wrote this piece with the people of Ukraine in my heart. It is an anthem that honours the life and courage of those whose blood is spilt, whose lives are ruined. You are my grandfather, my father, mother, son.

#standingwithukraine #stopthewar

For more about this project visit www.penelopeturner.com/project-hildegard/ or listen on my Soundcloud account to all the chants so far revisited.

o rubor sanguinis – the flower’s blood

I have revisited Hildegard’s original chant (see my previous post) and added new music inspired both by the chant and by Hildegard’s lingua ignota – a language that she invented to reinvigorate the words that were important in her world.

o red blood, that flowed down from that height which divinity touched: you are the flower that the winter of the serpent’s breath never withered

rubianz loifolum – blood of the people

phazur – grandfather

peueriz – father

maiz – mother

scirizin – son

fronix – brother

miskila – sister

fanschol – maternal uncle

pleniza – paternal aunt

neniz – grandchild

forinz – husband

kaueia – wife

aieganz – angel

Project Hildegard #38

The next chant in this series is dedicated to all those suffering in Ukraine as a result of this bloody war. My grandmother was born in Zhytomyr and my heart is with all those who have lost loved ones and whose world has been turned upside.

Back in the twelfth century, Hildegard wrote this chant in memory of Saint Ursula. To me, the text is all too relevant for today’s events: “the winter of the serpent’s breath” is a pretty good way of describing it. And there is a message of comfort – you are the flower that will never wither.

#hildegardvonbingen #chant #ukraine #stopthewar

For more about this project visit www.penelopeturner.com/project-hildegard/ or listen on my Soundcloud account to all the chants so far revisited.

o rubor sanguinis

o red blood, that flowed down from that height which divinity touched: you are the flower that the winter of the serpent’s breath never withered

Standing with Ukraine – the blood of innocents

As I work on a new revisiting for Project Hildegard, the people of Ukraine are very much in my thoughts. I share a previous piece from this project here, as it seems to me to be very appropriate:

o rex noster – the clouds weep

Our king is prompt to receive the blood of the innocents of whom the angels sing and make sound in praise but the clouds weep for the same blood. The tyrant however is suffocated by his own malice in the heavy sleep of death. But the clouds weep for the same blood. Glory be to the father and to the son and to the holy ghost. But the clouds weep for the same blood.

#ukraine #stopthewar #standingwithukraine

For more about this project visit www.penelopeturner.com/project-hildegard/ or listen on my Soundcloud account to all the chants so far revisited.