Monday, 25 August 2008

My Latest Plan

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
  • Instrumentalst├╝ck Instrumental Piece
  • O Pastor Aminarum
  • O Tu Suavissima Virga
  • O Choruscans Stellarum
  • O Nobilissima Viriditas
This is a 20 year plan.

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.

Tomorrow...
George Frideric Handel - Messiah (1742)

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