Western music history and musicians

The 2nd "Bilgen's Hildegard (1098-1179)"

2017 March 12 day

Forest Atelier Owner Takashi Miyamoto


By the way, the origin of classical music today is Gregorian chant, which is the liturgical music of the Christian church. However, Hildegart wrote and composed his own monastery liturgical music, which had a wide range and was not a church mode, even though he had never received that professional training. It is a truly beautiful monophonic chant with 77 songs named "Symphonia of the Harmony of Heaven's Revelation", 43 antiphons (song chants), 18 respondsoriums (songs), sequencer (sequel). It consists of 7 songs, 5 Himnus (hymns), and 1 Kyrie. And as a liturgy of the monastery, he sang a song of God's praise to become one with the heavenly world. In addition, he wrote the only religious musical drama "Ordo Virtutum (drama of the powers of God)", which can be said to be the forerunner of later oratorios and operas. And all of these songs were created as the Word of God based on visions and revelations, saying that they were merely tools of God, and are unique religious creations.


Hildegard took that idea further, and before the original sins of Adam and Eve, people were in paradise listening to the music of the world of harmony, but now they are sick with physical and mental dissonance. .. However, I have an endless longing to remember the music of harmony in my heart, and by playing music and singing a song of praise, I remember the heavenly world, my mind and body are healed, and I can head to the world of God. I was able to do it.
Hildegart's activities such as music and writing, as well as various activities of healing and salvation, make the heart and deeds correct between this world where the harmony of the world of God is revealed and the world of God in heaven. It was an attempt to connect by things and return to the figure of the person who should be under God.