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Project Hildegard #15

ave generosa This lovely hymn is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and therefore rather appropriate for assumption (August 15th). It is incomplete in the Dendermonde manuscript (which seems to be missing a page (or more?) between D155v and D156 – the manuscript jumps from the middle of ave generosa to part way through o virga […]

Project Hildegard 14 (3)

o beata infantia – disibod’s canon As a little extra, I have recorded the opening section of my previous piece as a canon for six voices.

Project Hildegard #14 (2)

o beata infantia – for six voices I decided to mix rhythmic and free passages for this one. I started by writing the second voice that accompanies the chant, picking out important words from the text to form a calm, sustained line and adding a third voice that sings the same words as the second […]

Project Hildegard #14

o beata infantia Still on the Disibod theme, this antiphon celebrates his childhood – that brought forth the man so inspired by God. I’ve chosen to sing it in a low register for a change. A soft approach – a lullaby for the little Disibod… It’s in the Riesencodex, but not the Dendermonde, manuscript. I’ve […]

Project Hildegard #13 (2)

o viriditas digiti dei – growth surrounds him Disibod, the green finger of God. He stands alone, surrounded by the growth that he nurtures. The rhythm in this one bubbled up like young shoots in the spring. Interspersed with three blocks that are like a prayer and surrounding a phrase that symbolises Disibod himself, who […]