Five songs of Hildegard von Bingen

Choral music

For SATB choir

Texts in Latin by Hildegard von Bingen

The first performance of Five songs of Hildegard von Bingen was given by the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir conducted Charles Colman in the Great Hall, University of Sydney on 16 November 1982.

About the work

I took words, but not her music, from the Abbess Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th century woman who was poet and hymn-writer, musician and composer, theologian, mystic writer and naturalist. I was drawn particularly to the imagery which, unlike most biblical imagery, draws on nature.

The 5 movements are:

  • Spiritus sanctus, vivificans vita
  • O coruscans lux stellarum
  • Laus trinitatis
  • O nobilissima viriditas, and
  • Caritas abundant in omnia.


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Five songs of Hildegard von Bingen — SOUNZ