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Project Hildegard – One Year Anniversary!

Today is the one year anniversary of my Project Hildegard – a project to record and revisit all 77 liturgical chants written by the late, great, Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179).

My very first home recording was made on March 18th, 2020 and yesterday I posted my 32nd setting in the series. I began the project (aka my “Covid-19 Basement Tapes”) as a way to survive lockdown. I’m so happy I did.

When I look back over the project, I realize with gratitude how much I’ve learnt:

  • about Hildegard and her music and the two twelfth century manuscripts that remain;
  • about my own interpretation of this wonderful music and how I like to sing it;
  • about composing music, and about how to combine new ideas with Hildegard’s chants in a way that enhances them and doesn’t get in the way;
  • about the complicated world of home recording and the various challenges it brings with it!

If you’re interested by this project, you will find all my recordings here. You can also listen via SoundCloud. Thank you so much for your support!

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