18_Medieval_Europe - MUSIC IN EUROPE OF THE HIGH MIDDLE...

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MUSIC IN EUROPE OF THE HIGH MIDDLE AGES , c. 1000 to 1350 I. MUSIC c, 1150 Hildegard of Bingen, the Sybil of the Rhine: c 1150 YouTube, Medieval Music, #2 Hildegard of Bingen, 12 th century Benedictine abbess: poet, reformer, philosopher, musician, and prophet (advisor to popes and emperors). Hildegard , 10 th child of a noble German family, born 1098, died 1179 Saw visions of light from age 3, but hid the fact Age 8, went to live in the cell of an anchoress, Jutta When Jutta died, Hildegard (age 38) became abbess of the new convent that had formed around Jutta Age 42, an overwhelming vision: And it came to pass . .. when I was 42 years and 7 months old, that the heavens were opened and a blinding light of exceptional brilliance flowed through my entire brain. And so it kindled my whole heart and breast like a flame, not burning but warming. .. and suddenly I understood of the meaning of expositions of the books. .. An advisor to popes and emperors [ writer, herbalist, prophet ] Untrained in music, this was only one of her ways of expressing her visions of the Infinite Wrote Musical dramas that were performed in her convent [There is some evidence that her music and moral play Ordo Virtutum ("Play of Virtues") were performed in her own convent] YouTube, Medieval Music, #1 Just as the power of God flies everywhere and surrounds all things with nothing resisting it, so also the rationality of people holds great strength for listening to the sounds of living voices, and the soul of people can be aroused from sluggishness to watchfulness by a musical performance. Scrivias III, 13:13 She describes MUSIC as the means of recapturing the original joy and beauty of paradise . According to her before the Fall, Adam had a pure voice and joined angels in singing praises to god. After the fall, music was invented and musical instruments made in order to worship god appropriately. Perhaps this explains why her music most often sounds like what we imagine angels singing to be like.
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ASSIGNMENT: COMPARE HILDEGARD OF BINGEN’S VIEWS ON MUSIC AND LIFE TO THOSE WE HAVE MET THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER. NOTE ESPECIALLY (BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY!) THE IDEAS OF THE
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2011 for the course HUMANITIES 151 taught by Professor Nicassio during the Spring '08 term at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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