Composer: Hildegard von Bingen (1098 - 1179)
Work: Anima processional from Ordo Virtutum (1150ies)
Performer: Sequentia Instrumental Ensemble; conducted by Elizabeth Gaver
Hildegard of Bingen is one of the most fascinating characters in music history. Born around 1098, she was not only a prolific composer, but also a visionary, a theologian, a scientist, and the prioress of a Benedictine abbey. Her voluminous writings include theological, botanical, and medicinal texts, as well as correspondence with popes such as Eugene III and Anastasius IV, statesmen such as Abbot Suger, German emperors such as Frederick I Barbarossa, and other notable figures such as Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.
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