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Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), Riesencodex, 13th century, f. 466v

The Symphonia Series is a free sheet music resource devoted to the works of Hildegard von Bingen.

The series will incorporate Hildegard’s entire corpus of 77 songs by 2022, in addition to a performance edition of the Ordo Virtutum.

My editorial process attempts to render the most authentic depiction of the original, 12th-century neumatic notation as possible.

The notational vocabulary utilized in 12th-century Germanic lands is relatively clear with regards to pitch and duration. However, it is (gloriously) laden with interpretative and expressive potential. My ultimate aim is to offer a free performance edition that captures this potential as much as is possible in a modern transcription, supported with a new, highly accessible contemporary English translation.

Hildegard’s music should be available to anyone. I hope these scores will help you forge your own special connection with her powerful music and words, and that you, too, may become a part of her incredible legacy.

If you have any questions, issues, or requests, please contact me through the website.

Allison Mondel
Director

Symphonia in Thematic Order

Songs are grouped according to the designations provided by Barbara Newman in Symphonia, Cornell University Press, 2nd ed., 1998.

Click each title to view individual song page where you can view and download score and translation.

Father and Son

O vis eternitatisResponsory for the Creator
O virtus sapientieAntiphon for Divine Wisdom
O quam mirabilisAntiphon for the Creator
O pastor animarumAntiphon for the Redeemer
O cruor sanguinisAntiphon for the Redeemer
O magne PaterAntiphon for God the Father
O eterne DeusAntiphon for the Creator

 

Mother and Son

O clarissima materResponsory for the Virgin
O splendidissima gemmaAntiphon for the Virgin
Nunc aperuitAntiphon for the Virgin
Quia ergo feminaAntiphon for the Virgin
Cum processit facturaAntiphon for the Virgin
Cum erubuerint infelicesAntiphon for the Virgin
O frondens virgaAntiphon for the Virgin
O quam magnum miraculum Antiphon for the Virgin
O quam preciosaResponsory for the Virgin
O virga mediatrixAlleluia-verse for the Virgin
O viridissima virgaAntiphon for the Virgin
Ave generosaHymn to the Virgin

 

The Holy Spirit

Karitas habundatAntiphon for Divine Love
Laus TrinitatiAntiphon for the Trinity

 

The Celestial Hierarchy

O spectabiles viriAntiphon for Patriarchs and Prophets

 

Virgins, Widows, and Innocents

O pulcre faciesAntiphon for Virgins

 

Additional Works

KyrieMovement of the Mass Ordinary

 

Symphonia and Additional Works in Alphabetical Order

Click each title to view individual song page where you can view and download score and translation.

Ave generosaHymn to the Virgin
Cum erubuerint infeliceAntiphon for the Virgin
Cum processit facturaAntiphon for the Virgin
Karitas habundatAntiphon for Divine Love
KyrieMovement of the Mass Ordinary
Laus TrinitatiAntiphon for the Trinity
Nunc aperuitAntiphon for the Virgin
O clarissima materResponsory for the Virgin
O cruor sanguinisAntiphon for the Redeemer
O eterne DeusAntiphon for the Creator
O frondens virgaAntiphon for the Virgin
O magne PaterAntiphon for God the Father
O pastor animarumAntiphon for the Redeemer
O pulcre faciesAntiphon for Virgins
O quam magnum miraculumAntiphon for the Virgin
O quam mirabilisAntiphon for the Creator
O quam preciosaResponsory for the Virgin
O spectabiles viriAntiphon for Patriarchs and Prophets
O splendidissima gemmaAntiphon for the Virgin
O virga mediatrixAlleluia-verse for the Virgin
O viridissima virgaAntiphon for the Virgin
O virtus sapientieAntiphon for Divine Wisdom
O vis eternitatisResponsory for the Creator
Quia ergo feminaAntiphon for the Virgin

 

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