Listen to the Music of Hildegard of Bingen

The 65 minute documentary about Hildegard of Bingen titled “The Unruly Mystic” is produced by Michael Conti. She was a German Benedictine abbess mystic. Besides being given insights from Nature and writing medicinal books containing herbal and natural remedies, she wrote divinely inspired music which has gained quite a following for its ability to convey peace and bliss. This is not easy music to sing as it spans a two and one-half octave range. 

Hildegard of Bingen lived to the age of 82 during the 12th century. Following her death, it took 800 years for her to be discovered, discussed, and written about. Her original writings were in Latin, translated to German. 

On October 7, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named her a Doctor of the Church, a designation which has also been given to Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Next, are words written to the music of Hildegard of Bingen’s. Note that she wrote her own words for all of her compositions.

The Holy Spirit, life that gives life 

and moves all things
and is the root of every creature and cleanses 

all things of impurity, wiping away sins
and anointing wounds:
this is the radiant and admirable life, 

awakening and reawakening all things.

And always you teach the learned,
those made happy by 

the inspiration of wisdom.

So let there be praise to you who are 

the sound of all praise and the joy of life,
who are hope and powerful honor, 

granting the gifts of light.

– Hildegard of Bingen, 12th century AD, from her song “Spiritus Sanctus vivificans vita”

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