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THE QUEST

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This ongoing performance project  is dedicated to the  77 chants composed by Abbess Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), known as Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum (Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations)  It is our vision to delve deeper into those rare soundscapes, and make the mystical rays of spiritual awareness and strife shine in a new light – Rays still perceivable in those lines of song, emanated across the centuries by that remarkable woman composer and outstanding personality in the landscape of medieval spirituality.

We came up with the idea to commence a dialogue – using our own traditional “tools” : voice and recorders.  A dialogue nurtured by our ongoing passion to perform medieval music and driven by curiosity. Soon a monochord entered the scene, opening the door to a mysterious sequence of harmonics, that must have been at the disposal of Hildegard, who owned one herself. Little did we know then about the attractive nature and profoundness of the material we had started to deal with.

Hildegard vopn Bingen

What started off as the simple desire to unveil the code hidden inside those daring tunes, is now unfolding as an ongoing project – a dialogue to fill the space in between the seeker and his quest, attempt to track those rays of inspiration, that Hildegard deemed so magnificent.

The voice remains faithful to the original composition, referring to the modern notation edition of Marianne Richert Pfau, whereas the recorders comment, mirror, antecede and accompany the chant, improvising an ever changing soundscape, and opening up new dimensions.