Symphonia: A Critical Edition of the Symphonia Armonie Celestium Revelationum / Edition 2

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For this revised edition of Hildegard's liturgical song cycle, Barbara Newman has redone her prose translations of the songs, updated the bibliography and discography, and made other minor changes. Also included is an essay by Marianne Richert Pfau which delineates the connection between music and text in the Symphonia. Famous throughout Europe during her lifetime, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was a composer and a poet, a writer on theological, scientific, and medical subjects, an abbess, and a visionary prophet. One of the very few female composers of the Middle Ages whose work has survived, Hildegard was neglected for centuries until her liturgical song cycle was rediscovered. Songs from it are now being performed regularly by early music groups, and more than twenty compact discs have been recorded.

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"This volume raises understanding of Hildegard's liturgical texts to new heights, solving major problems with the sources and situating the works in the broad plains of Hildegard's thought."—Speculum (from a review of the first edition)

"An important perspective to understanding Hildegard's life and work as a writer and saint."—Feminist Bookstore News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801485473
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,534,277
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Biographical Sketch
Composition and Dating of the Symphonia
The Symphonia in the Monastic Liturgy
Aesthetics and Theology of Music
Musical Style and Performance
Poetic Style
Themes of the Symphonia
The Manuscripts and the Order of Songs
The Text and Translations

List of Manuscripts

Order of Songs in the Manuscripts

Appendix: The Symphonia and the "Epilogue to the Life of Saint Rupert"

Music and Text in Hildegard's Antiphons
by Marianne Richert Pfau

Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum
Text and Translations

I. Father and Son
1. 0 vis eternitatis
2. 0 virtus Sapientie
3. 0 quam mirabilis
4. 0 pastor animarum
5. 0 cruor sanguinis
6. 0 magne Pater
7. 0 eterne Deus

II. Mother and Son
8. Ave Maria
9. 0 clarissima mater
10. 0 splendidissima gemma
11. Hodie aperuit
12. Quia ergo femina
13. Cum process it factura
14. Cum erubuerint
15. 0 frondens virga
16. 0 quam magnum miraculum
17. Ave generosa
18. 0 virga mediatrix
19. 0 viridis sima virga
20. 0 virga ac diadema
21. 0 tu suavissima virga
22. 0 quam preciosa
23. 0 tu illustrata

III. The Holy Spirit
24. Spiritus sanctus vivificans vita
25. Karitas habundat
26. Laus Trinitati
27. 0 ignee Spiritus
28. 0 ignis Spiritus Paracliti

IV. The Celestial Hierarchy
29. 0 gloriosissimi lux vivens angeli
30. 0 vos angeli
31. 0 spectabiles viri
32. 0 vos felices radices
33. 0 cohors milicie floris
34. 0 lucidissima apostolorum turba
35. 0 speculum columbe
36. 0 dulcis electe
37. 0 victoriosissimi triumphatores
38. Vos flores rosarum
39. 0 vos imitatores
40. 0 successores

V. Patron Saints
41. 0 mirum admirandum
42. 0 viriditas digiti Dei
43. 0 felix anima
44. 0 beata infantia
45. 0 presul vere civitatis
46. 0 felix apparicio
47. 0 beatissime Ruperte
48. Quia felix puericia
49. 0 Ierusalem
50. Mathias sanctus
51. 0 Bonifaci
52. 0 Euchari columba
5 3 . 0 Euchari in leta via
54. Columba aspexit

VI. Virgins, Widows, and Innocents
55. 0 pulcre facies
56. 0 nobilissima viriditas
57. 0 dulcissime amator
58. 0 Pater omnium
;9. Rex noster promptus

VII. Saint Ursula and Companions
60. Spiritui sancto
61. 0 rubor sanguinis
62. Favus distillans
63. Antiphons for Matins a. Studium divinitatis b. Unde quocumque c. De patria d. Deus enim in prima e. Aer enim volat f. Et ideo puelle g. Deus enim rorem h. Sed diabolus
64. 0 Ecclesia
65. Cum vox sanguinis

VIII. Ecclesia
66. 0 virgo Ecclesia
67. Nunc gaudeant
68. 0 orzchis Ecclesia
69. 0 choruscans lux stellarum

Four Songs Without Music
o Verbum Patris o Fili dilectissime o factura Dei o magna res


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