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Viriditas: Hildegard von Bingen: The Woman of her Time

Join us for Viriditas: the music and life of Hildegard von Bingen, a series of events exploring contemporary resonances of the music and life of the 12th century abbess and composer. Hildegard von Bingen (1098 - 1179), was a German Benedictine abbess, mystic, visionary, healer, naturalist, botanist, diplomat, feminist and not least, the first named, and most prolific, although untrained, composer of the middle ages.

Hildegard saw the human as a microcosm both physically and spiritually with the macrocosm of the universe, and emphasized the connection between the “green” health of the natural world and holistic health of human being. Viriditas, literally “green truth” or “greening power”, is an earthly expression of the heavenly, thought to sustain human beings. Viriditas reminds us of the intrinsic and vital relationships between all living beings.

Find out more about the music, life, visions and writings of Hildegard Von Bingen by joining us for a Q&A with Fiona Maddocks, author of Hildegard Von Bingen: The Woman of Her Age.

Fiona will be joined by feminist theorist, Professor of Cultural Studies Margaretta Jolly (School of Media and Film, Sussex Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research) and scholar of medieval mysticism, Professor of History of Art, Liz James (School of History, Art History and Philosophy), chaired by Dr Alice Eldridge (Lecturer in Music Technologies, School of Music, Film and Media, Department of Music).

Copies of Fiona Maddocks’ book on Hildegard, and her recent Music for Life, will be on sale in the foyer.

Fiona Maddocks is the classical music critic of the Observer. She was the founder editor of BBC Music Magazine and chief arts feature writer of the Evening Standard. Her books include Hildegard of Bingen: The Woman of her Age, WildTracks: Harrison Birtwistle and Music for Life (all published by Faber).

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  • Thursday 07 February, 2019


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Viriditas: Hildegard von Bingen: The Woman of Her Time
Thursday 07 February

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