This essay Hildegard of Bingen has a total of 540 words and 3 pages.
Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard of Bingen was a genius during her time. What I find most interesting is the fact that she excelled at many subjects. Unlike Einstein, who concentrated primarily on mathematics and sciences, Hildegard wasn’t just superb at composing music but she also sought a large amount of study in the field of science and medicine, religion, and her visions that she claimed were sent straight from God. It would be very simple to write a biography detailing one extraordinary talent practiced by Hildegard because the amount of work she contributed to each subject was outstanding, but it is important to describe all of her work. However, the two websites I visited both concentrated on different aspects of Hildegard’s talents. The first website, a catholic website, discussed only her visionary writings, while the second website concentrated on an array of talents she possessed, including her composing of music.
The first website, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07351a.htm, is a catholic website that focuses on the Saint Hildegard and not so much the musician or scientist Hildegard. In this biography the reader is informed of her altercations to Catholicism through the publications of her visions. It describes her childhood and when she first began having visions. In this biography, the culmination of her visions is result of her being a very sick child, which caused her to lead an interior life. During her days of solitude she received her visions that would later impact the catholic world dramatically. The effects of these visions from God helped explain passages from The Bible. Instead of her being ridiculed for claiming this phenomenon, she was praised. The books published received large amounts of attention, making Hildegard a renowned Saint. Perhaps, this popularity is how the public became aware of her other talents.
Hildegard possessed many other talents. In fact, she composed many musical plays that were performed at her convent. One of these compositions is Ordo Virtutum (Play of Virtues). In the second website, http://www.tweedledee.ucsb.edu/kris/music/Hildegard.html, a lot of Hildegard’s life and successes are described, but much of the biography focuses on her skills in the field of science and medicine and her musical abilities. It seems Hildegard had the most interest in medicine. Her medical accounts (briefly described in the biography) were detailed and extensive. Additionally, this biography takes into account all of her genius and credits her as a strong, successful and wise woman of her time.
The first biography richly describes her respect as a saint and her extraordinary visions because it is a religious website. Someone wishing to research the religious inspirations of Hildegard wouldn’t be very interested in her achievements in medicine so this website would be the most beneficial. On the other hand, someone researching her achievements in music wouldn’t want to visit that website because it doesn’t discuss her musical talent. They would want to visit the second website because it tells a lot about the type of music she composed (liturgical chant) and where the musical plays were performed. Perhaps, the biographies were so different because she had so many versatile talents that a biography could be written just about her musical ability or her observations in science and medicine.
Topics Related to Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard of Bingen, Medieval drama, Classical music, Christianity, Religion, Herbalists, Sophiology, Ordo Virtutum, Hildegard, Vision
Essays Related to Hildegard of Bingen
Women in the societywomen in the society Composition and rethorics II Theme: In the CASEBOOK on Ralph Ellison’s « battle royal », racial issues are addressed both by the author and other influential contributors. What insights do such works offer about Black identity in America. Civilisation II Mr Rutherford. Introduction: The Middle-Ages are a very intresting age that we study in history classes, I recall learning about kings, statesman, people who wielded power...etc... But usually it left me with an impression t
Hildegard of BingenHildegard of BingenHildegard of Bingen was a genius during her time. What I find most interesting is the fact that she excelled at many subjects. Unlike Einstein, who concentrated primarily on mathematics and sciences, Hildegard wasn’t just superb at composing music but she also sought a large amount of study in the field of science and medicine, religion, and her visions that she claimed were sent straight from God. It would be very simple to write a biography detailing one extraordinary talen
The myththe myth WHAT DOES MYSTICISM HAVE TO TEACH US ABOUT CONSCIOUSNESS? Revised version of the paper delivered to Towards a Science of Consciousness 1996 (Tucson II) April 1996 [Draft for Tucson II Conference Proceedings] Revised version appears in JCS, 5, No.2 (1998), pp. 185-201 Robert K.C. Forman, Program in Religion, Hunter College, CUNY, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021, USA. Email: [email protected] Introduction: Why Mysticism? In this article I would like to bring the findings of my somew
Women in Medieval Music Women in Medieval Music History shows that women were not as big of participants in music as men until later in the medieval era. This is due to many obstacles that faced women disabling them from singing, playing any instruments, or even composing music. Although barriers were present, many women and nuns were able to surpass them, and make use of their abilities and skills. In this paper, I will present the role of women as they interacted with polyphony, and as they became scribes, performer
Women in Music Women in Music History shows that women were not as big of participants in music as men until later in the medieval era. This is due to many obstacles that faced women disabling them from singing, playing any instruments, or even composing music. Although barriers were present, many women and nuns were able to surpass them, and make use of their abilities and skills. In this paper, I will present the role of women as they interacted with polyphony, and as they became scribes, performers, compos
Women in the Middle AgesWomen in the Middle Ages The medieval woman was allowed a larger measure of freedom and status than the usual image we have of the Middle Ages. Women were allowed to own property and inherit from their family. Some women were employed and some were in charge of businesses. Among the upper class, women were as educated as their male counterparts. In Europe, women were allowed to inherit property from both their fathers and their husbands. In most cases, whatever the woman brought into a marriage
Religion on Musical DevelopmentReligion on Musical Development Religion\'s Profound Effect on Musical Development Religion has been an important part of man\'s life. Man has allowed religion to control and influence his life in many different ways, affecting both his behavior and his actions. So its not surprising that music, one of man\'s earliest expressive forms, has also been influenced by religion. Religion has had an effect on man\'s music all throughout history, from the early Egyptians to even now. So it is only natur