Sunday, September 17, 2017

St. Hildegard of Bingen - Spiritus Sanctus

Today is the feast day of St. Hildegard.  Hildegard was born around 1098 AD and began having visions at an early age.  Likely due to this, she entered the Benedictine monastery at Disibodenberg young, part of a community of women attached to the monetary).  The education that she received there helped her flower.  Particularly interested in medicine, she wrote some of the earliest botanical texts in Germany and is considered the founder of German natural science.

But she is best remembered as a composer of sacred music.  It is very old but has a serene beauty that I find quite compelling.

1 comment:

libertyman said...

Very late for class, but as always a compelling and enlightening post. i knew nothing of this remarkable woman and would remain so, if it were not for your efforts. I read more about her and she was a rare individual, a true polymath.

And you mention it as being very old - yes, almost a thousand years! If only we could have recorded the sights and sounds of that age.

You are an inspiration to learning, and I always look forward to Sunday music class.