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Hildegard von Bingen (Composer)

Born: 1098, Bermersheim vor der Hohe, Germany

Died: 17th November 1179, Bingen, Germany

Nationality: German

Hildegard of Bingen also known as Saint Hildegard and the Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German Benedictine abbess and polymath active as a writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, visionary, and as a medical writer and practitioner during the High Middle Ages. She is one of the best-known composers of sacred monophony, as well as the most recorded in modern history. She has been considered by many in Europe to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany.

Hildegard's convent elected her as magistra (mother superior) in 1136. She founded the monasteries of Rupertsberg in 1150 and Eibingen in 1165. Hildegard wrote theological, botanical, and medicinal works, as well as letters, hymns and antiphons for the liturgy.

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The young Canadian-Italian mezzo makes a bold debut on Deutsche Grammophon with music by Hildegard von Bingen, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Missy Mazzoli.

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