"The whole world is filled with music and every creature has its own sound."
Hildegard von Bingen (1098 - 1179)
Sound Visions of
Hildegard von Bingen
With SPIRIT ANTIQUA the singer Ute Kreidler transports her audience into a fascinating and invigorating world of sound that reinterprets the medieval songs of Hildegard von Bingen. In a solo performance she presents a varied play between vocals, harp, flute, organ pipes and percussion to bring the variety and depth of the Hildegard songs to sound.
With live looping, she puts different voices on top of each other, plays in rhythms, makes melodies repeat and the instruments sound at the same time. State-of-the-art sound engineering creates acoustic spaces in which the sounds unfold like in a cathedral and supports the soulful power of this music.
A sound experience that transmits the inspiring forces of the Middle Ages to our time and makes it seem timeless.
The program SPIRIT ANTIQUA is suitable for a wide variety of event concepts and premises. The extraordinary sound technology and the especially developed artificial reverberation provides the impression of being in the sound space of a cathedral almost everywhere. The Looper underlines this effect and unfolds by sound overlays the full color richness of the Hildegard’s songs.
The light installation »Morpheus« of the Frankfurt based artists of »Sounds of Silence«, were specially made for the concerts, conjures up numerous reflections in the concert hall.
Hildegard von Bingen
She was moved and wanted to move others.
Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) was one of the great personalities of the Middle Ages and is one of the few famous women during this century of dramatic change. At the peak of her creative career she produced not only works on natural science and healing, but also a musical drama and 77 songs which surpassed the tonal and musical customs of her time. She always fought for her own path, being a doctor, natural scientist, politician, theologian, cosmologist and musician. Against every resistance she founded the convent of Rupertsberg near Bingen am Rhein in 1150.
Hildegard’s creativity derived from her visions, a form of meditative introspection that revealed to her not only the secrets of creation but also provided the inspiration for her songs, as she noted in her visionary writings and her letters.
Hildegard von Bingen was a committed, wise and courageous woman whose works are still glowing today.
»Singing Hildegard's music means to me deep joy and fulfillment.«