Friday, September 17, 2010

Happy Hildegard Day!

For you church goin' types out there, September 17th is of course the feast day of Hildegard of Bingen.

One is reminded of Jennifer Bain's article on "Chant in the Marketplace." Bain argues that Hildegard's popularity in the marketplace negatively affected her popularity among scholars. While there is some truth to that, I think that's less true now than it was six years ago when that article came out. Judith Peraino, for example, has a great discussion in Listening to the Sirens that I teach with all the time. It is certainly true, however, that there are a lot of weird Hildegard videos out there on the internets!

1 comment:

Elissa Glyn said...

The New Age Hildegard mania is one of my favorite things to teach. I assign a few chapters from Tod Wodicka's excellent debut novel, "All Shall Be Well, and All Shall Be Well, and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well," which is about a group of Medieval re-enactors celebrating the Hildegard 900. Then we compare recordings by David Lynch and Jocelyn Montgomery with Anonymous 4, and my non-majors always seem to like the New Agey version best! This approach (chant in the present) has worked much better for me than a strictly historical lesson.

Happy Hildegard Day!