Saturday, December 17, 2016

The superstar saint

In another post, we met Mr. Pergolesi who died at the age of twenty six and was the composer of sacred music.

This time, we meet the first composer whose biography is known; a woman, also a saint, and a superstar -- Hildegard von Bingen. Also composed sacred music.p

Saint Hildegard was a German abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, visionary and polymath. And some 800 years after her death, she also turned a pop icon.

So what type of music did she write?
She wrote chants -- monophonic compositions which always have a

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