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Composed by Hildegard von Bingen
Arranged by Felicia Sandler
Series Editor: Simon Carrington
Voicing: SSATBB a cappella
Catalog number: AMP 1005
Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179) was a woman of many talents – a composer, abbess, writer, confidante and counselor, scientist, physician, philosopher, poet and visionary. Many modern readers of her writings, and modern listeners of her music, find in Hildegard a kindred spirit for our times. Her imagery is vibrant and green, and her understanding of God is expansive - encompassing both masculine and feminine traits as well as features of the natural world around us. I am grateful to be able to add my voice with hers in this song of praise to the blessed Trinity.
quae son us et vita.
vita ipsorum est;
Et quae laus
Angelicae turbae –
Et mirrus splendor arcanorum
Quae hominibus ignota sunt est;
Et quae in omnibus vita est.
Praise to the Trinity,
I am delighted to welcome to my series Felicia Sandler, a colleague from my time at New England Conservatory. Her beautiful arrangement of Hildegard von Bingen's haunting melody casts slanting shafts of light as if through medieval stained glass windows, adding a wonderful extra dimension to a 900-year-old chant.
Mary Beekman, conductor
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