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The Hildegard Motets: No. 3. Hodie aperuit

The Hildegard Motets: No. 3. Hodie aperuit

Product Number: 4990

Composer: Ferko, Frank



The Hildegard Motets comprise a cycle of nine unaccompanied choral motets using texts by the 12th century abbess Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). The texts were extracted from Hildegard's opus of more than seventy sacred poems titled Symphinia armonie celestium revelationum. Although these poems have been translated into English (more than once) and some of the translations are quite brilliant, I chose to set the original Latin texts as I felt they remained closer to Hildegard's own thoughts. The nine poems used in this cycle were selected according to their appropriateness to seasons in the Christian liturgical caldendar (thus, most of them can be sung in specific liturgical settings) and to their appropriateness to the structured plan of this cycle as well as for their sheer poetic beauty. Hildegard's poetic vocabulary was unusual and unique; she frequently used language that is not found in standard Latin liturgical texts. As with the music she composed, her poetry is highly ecstatic, vivid and rich in imagery.

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Product Number 4990
Available Editions No. 1. O verbum Patris, 4988
No. 2. O splendidissima gemma, 4989
No. 3. Hodie aperuit, 4990
No. 4. O factura Dei, 4991
No. 5. O ignis Spiritus Paracliti, 4992
No. 6. Laus Trinitati, 4993
No. 7. O vos angeli, 4994
No. 8. O speculum columbe, 4995
No. 9. Nunc gaudeant, 4996
Frank Ferko Motets: The Hildegard Motets, Six Marian Motets (CD Recording), CD102
Composer Ferko, Frank
Text Author Hildegard von Bingen
Voicing & Instruments SATB divisi
Season Christmas, Marian
Historical Period 21st Century
Publisher E. C. Schirmer Music Company

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