Hildegard of Bingen, Spiritus Sanctus

Kurt Nemes' Classical Music Almanac

This is day two of the A-toZ Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) during the month of April.

Today I’m writing about Hildegard of Bingen, an abbess from the 12th century who was a Christian mystic, a philosopher, a writer, a polymath in the 12th century.  You can’t call her a Renaissance woman, because she lived in the medieval era, but that’s splitting angel hairs dancing on the head of a pin, if you catch my drift.

Hildegard started having visions at the age of 3 and eventually her parents sent her to a nunnery.  There she fell under the influence of another mystic who taught her to read and write and and there she learned to play the psalter and compose music.  She eventually became abbess and then was called to found two more nunneries.  About 30 years ago, her music was rediscovered and she got…

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