The Hildegard Singers | O Greenest Branch: Songs of St. Hildegard of Bingen

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O Greenest Branch: Songs of St. Hildegard of Bingen

by The Hildegard Singers

Ancient music for your meditation that helps you to relax and receive true inspiration.
Genre: Spiritual: Inspirational
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1. O Viridissima Virga
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2. Karitas Habundat
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3. Spiritus Sanctus
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4. Salve Regina
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5. Spiritui Sancto
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6. O Rubor Sanguinis
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7. Favus Distillans
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8. In Matutinis Laudibus (Eight Antiphons)
9:27 $0.99
9. O Ecclesia
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10. Cum Vox Sanguinis
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11. Vidi Aquam
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12. O Bonifaci
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13. O Quam Mirabilis
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14. Alma Redemptoris Mater
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15. O Cruor Sanguinis
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16. O Beatissime Ruperte
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17. Victimae Paschali Laudes
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18. Nunc Gaudeant
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The songs of St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) are hauntingly beautiful and far more complex than other music of the 12th century. She is the earliest named composer in music history and she composed over 75 songs as well as producing the first morality play. For many centuries her music and her writings lay hidden in a monastery in Germany, and only in the 20th century did scholars and musicians begin to pay attention to her rich treasure trove of spiritual insight and her original musical creation. In 1983 Christopher Page and his group, Gothic Voices published the first CD of her songs, "A Feather on the Breath of God," that won a Grammy that year. Since then, her music has been performed by many groups, most notably the group Sequentia, that recorded all of her songs for Harmonia Mundi. The celebration of the 900th anniversary of her birth in 1998 gave performers and scholars a true platform for new biographies, translations of her works and conferences for scholars and lay people alike.

The best summary of her musical style was written by Dr. Nancy Fierro, CSJ, and can be found online at In this summary, Dr. Fierro describes her musical style which includes extremely wide vocal ranges (up to two octaves), large leaps, and florid melodies. Hildegard's musical collection, "Symphony of the Harmony of Heaven" is discussed in some detail and will help the listener identify the forms as well as the musical signatures found in her music.



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