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Author Archives: Penelope Turner

Project Hildegard #44

Here is a sequence in honour of Saint Disibod, whose Saint’s day is coming up on July 8th. Disibod had a special significance for Hildegard and this is one of five chants that she dedicated to him. The sequence is made up of 12 melodically paired sections. I’m looking forward to revisiting it. o presul […]

Come and sing Hildegard von Bingen!

During the next academic year, I will be running a series of monthly workshops (given in English, French and Dutch) that will teach you to sing Hildegard von Bingen from her original notation. Once you’ve tried it you’ll never look back 🙂 Music was a central part of Hildegard’s life – she considered it to […]

Project Hildegard #43(2)

A lighter, more optimistic piece this time: inspired by the hope that Spring brings with it. o quam preciosa – precious hope R: O how precious is the virginity of the virgin, whose door is closed and whose insides the holy divinity infused with its heat so that the flower grew within her. And the […]

Project Hildegard #43

As we approach a cluster of Marian feasts, my next chant in this series is a particularly beautiful responsory dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Stay tuned to see what polyphonic setting it inspires me to create 🙂 o quam preciosa For anyone following the manuscript while listening, there are a few interesting features that require […]

Project Hildegard #42(2)

This piece is dedicated to the victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria – please consider giving a donation to a non-profit of your choice. o cruor sanguinis – blood of blood O blood of blood that sounded on high, when all the elements joined together in lamentation and with trembling, because the blood […]