• Hildegard Von Bingen was born at Böckelheim, a castle on the Nahe River in Germany.• At birth she was dedicated to the church.• At age eight she was placed under the care of Jutta, who taught her to read and sing Latin psalms.• Hildegard was a sickly child, but was given the gift of visions. These visions continued throughout her life and she became known as somewhat of a prophetess.• She was given the name “Sybil of the Rhine.”
• At the age of forty, Hildegard was commanded to record and share her visions with the world. • People throughout Germany came to her for wisdom, clarity, and advice. These included bishops, popes, and kings. • On several occasions Hildegard traveled across the country sharing her vision and insight.• She was the first composer whose biography is known. • Hildegard also founded a convent in which her music was performed. • After her death in 1179, she was buried in the church of Rupertsburg. • She is set to be canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church in October 2012.
The Works of Hildegard• Hildegard produced many works of theology and other church documents.• She also wrote treatises on natural history and medicinal uses of animals and plants.• She wrote music and texts that were mostly liturgical chant and antiphons.• Hildegard describes music as “the means of recapturing the original joy and beauty of paradise.”• Much of her music is said to sound like that of angels singing.
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