Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light

Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light

DVD - 2012
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In a tour-de-force performance, international mezzo soprano Linn Maxwell transports us back to medieval Europe to meet German writer, composer, healer and prophet Hildegard of Bingen in this captivating one-woman show. Throughout her life of devotion, Hildegard experienced visions from God that called her to express herself through her many talents and assume a role of leadership inside the church - one that challenged the male-dominated establishment and moved some to silence her. Accompanying herself on authentic medieval instruments, Linn performs Hildegard's original songs and, through the mystic's actual writings, embodies the life and passion of an extraordinary woman who lived centuries ahead of her time. Written and performed by Linn Maxwell Based on the stage performance directed by Erv Raible. DVD also contains numerous EXTRA material, including interviews with noted Hildegard scholars and experts, and a two-part informal seminar for group discussions.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Linn Maxwell ; c2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 61 mins.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Maxwell, Linn
Rabile, Erv


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Apr 26, 2019

"Hildegard of Bingen" is performed on stage by an actress dressed as an abyss of that period. The singing & narrative was inspiring for those interested in that sort of thing. I am not. I gave it four stars as many would find it inspiring.

May 06, 2018

Written and performed by Linn Maxell in 2012 based on the stage performance directde by Erv Raible, this biopic delves into the life of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), who was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath.
Considered to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany, she founded the monasteries of Rupertsberg in 1150 and Eibingen in 1165.
One of her works as a composer, the Ordo Virtutum, is an early example of liturgical drama and arguably the oldest surviving morality play.
She wrote theological, botanical, and medicinal texts, as well as letters, liturgical songs, and poems, while supervising miniature illuminations in the Rupertsberg manuscript of her first work, Scivias.
On 7 October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named her a Doctor of the Church.


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