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Project Hildegard #17

Here’s one that couldn’t be more appropriate for International Mother’s Day in COVID-19 times. It’s a big one.

o clarissima mater sancte medicine – o radiant mother of holy medicine

o clarissima mater sancta medicine tu ungenta per sanctum filium tuum infudisti in plangentia vulnera mortis que eva edificavit in tormenta animarum tu destruxisit mortem edificando vitam

ora pro nobis ad tuum natum stella maris maria

o vivificum instrumentum et letum ornamentum et dulcedo omnium deliciarum que in te non deficient

ora pro nobis…

gloria patri et filio et spiritui sancto

ora pro nobis…

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Project Hildegard #16

This one was really fun to do. I made a second voice by turning the manuscript upside down and reading the chant from right to left – as if it were in a mirror.

o frondons virga – seen in the mirror of fa

right way up
upside down
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Project Hildegard #15

Here’s another one for Spring:

o frondons virga – the blossoming branch

o frondens virga in tua nobilitate stans sicut aurora procedit nunc gaude et laetare et nos debiles dignare a mala consuetudine liberare atque manum tuam porrige ad erigendum nos

And I’ve just had a super idea of how to play with this one! Watch this space…

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Project Hildegard #14

Today I decided that this project should cover all 77 of Hildegard von Bingen’s liturgical chants. It’s a rather ambitious aim! Help!

Here is the second version of my randomly chosen chant number 4.

o viridissima virga 2 – the greenest branch: hope springs eternal

O greenest branch, hail, sprung forth in the wind from the prayers of the saints. The time has come that your sprays have blossomed, hail, hail to you, because the heat of the sun has emanated from you like the aroma of balm. For the beautiful flower sprung from you, which gave all dry perfumes their aroma. And they have appeared anew in their full freshness. Whence the skies brought dew to the pasture, and all the earth was made joyful because her flesh brought forth corn, and because the birds of the sky built their nests in her. Then there was food for man and a great rejoicing of guests, whence, O sweet Virgin, no joy is lacking in you. Eve rejected all these things. Now let there be praise to the Highest.

Project Hildegard #13

o viridissima virga 1 – singing into a flower pot

For this first version of ‘o greenest branch,’ I have created a different kind of recording studio (see picture below). Rather an appropriate solution, given the words. With thanks to Francis, for encouraging me to improve the quality of my audio, and to Anne for her idea of singing into an acoustic.

O greenest branch, hail, sprung forth in the wind from the prayers of the saints. The time has come that your sprays have blossomed, hail, hail to you, because the heat of the sun has emanated from you like the aroma of balm. For the beautiful flower sprung from you, which gave all dry perfumes their aroma. And they have appeared anew in their full freshness. Whence the skies brought dew to the pasture, and all the earth was made joyful because her flesh brought forth corn, and because the birds of the sky built their nests in her. Then there was food for man and a great rejoicing of guests, whence, O sweet Virgin, no joy is lacking in you. Eve rejected all these things. Now let there be praise to the Highest.