The Vision of Music in St. Hildegard's Scivias: Synthesizing Image, Text, Notation and Theory (Mixed media product)Claire Fontijn
Mixed media product Published: 02/05/2013
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This book reassembles song texts and music from the final vision in St. Hildegard of Bingen's prophetic work, Scivias (c1151). This 'Vision of Music' provides text and images for a celebration of music's power. Scivias provides the texts for these fourteen symphonia songs and contains the dialogue for a morality play. The Scivias version appears to be the prototype for Hildegard's famous proto-'opera', Ordo Virtutum. Given that Hildegard received her visions with all of her senses, we can examine the Vision of Music in the knowledge that she intended all parts of her musical visions, or 'symphonia', to be brought together. With the aid of a ten-stringed psaltery that set the mode for each musical composition, she had the pitches literally at her fingertips to teach her pieces to her nuns, effectively assigning the heavenly macrocosm found in the Vision of Music to each of the ten strings of her instrument. Includes a full vocal score and an audio CD of music.
Publisher: Music Word Media Group
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