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!
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