Unlike most people, I have realised the value of time from when I was a youth. My latest adition of goals is to listen to the 90,000 most influential pieces of music throughout history (as judged by myself).
Tonight I have Hildegard Von Bingen playing. In this case Canticles Of Ecstasy. This consists of the following works:
- O Vis Aeternitatis
- Nunc Aperuit Nobis
- Quia Ergo Femina Mortem Instruxit
- Cum Processit Factura Digiti Dei
- Alma Redemptoris Mater
- Ave Maria, O Auctrix Vite
- Spiritus Sanctus Vivificans Vite
- O Ignis Spiritus Paracliti
- Caritas Habundat In Omnia
- O Virga Mediatrix
- O Viridissima Virga, Ave
- Instrumentalstück Instrumental Piece
- O Pastor Aminarum
- O Tu Suavissima Virga
- O Choruscans Stellarum
- O Nobilissima Viriditas
Hildegard of Bingen was born in 1084 and at 14 entered a Benedictine nunnery outside of Worms (the Rhineland). She became the Abbess in 1136 and subseqently moved her order to Rupertsberg - outside of Bingen.
She composed 77 vocal works (including 43 Antiphons) collectively known as the Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum.
This is a truely mystic collection of vocal works. A great reflective collection.
On top of this I alsolistened to Symphony No. 8 from Dimitri Shostakovich. This was the 1988 preformance conducted by Yevgeny Mravinsky. This is reflective, bitterly powerful and emotionally transcandent. This is a dark and brooding work reflecting a true depth of emotion and experiances I can not begin to comprehend.
Yet in it lies hope.
George Frideric Handel - Messiah (1742)