Today we speak of an extraordinary woman who was a linguist, abbess, biologist, naturist and an impressive music of the Middle Ages.
Classical music has traditionally been a very macho medium.
In 1686 Pope Innocence VI declares: "Music is harmful to the modesty of the female sex because it distracts them from their proper functions, and no woman, under any pretext, should read music or play any musical instrument."
This nonsense is renewed in 1703 by Pope Clement XI. And you will be thinking, "they were other times". Other times? It was not until February 1997 (1997!) That the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra leaves for the first time a woman, and people from other ethnic groups, as a full member.
Today we are going to talk about an antimachist superheroine: Hildegarda Von Bingen. She was born in 1098 in a very common family in a very common family and was the youngest of ten sisters. For this reason, his parents were very blessed, and they give it as a tithe to the Church. She, although it seems a lie, was delighted.
Hildegarda was a linguist, abbess, biologist, naturist and an impressive music of the Middle Ages. She was one of the first women to talk openly about sex. In fact, her description of the female orgasm was one of the first in history. She talked about sex in a hot and passionate way, even though she was an abbess, and we assume she maintained her virginity.
Hildegarda advances very quickly in the ranks of the Church. She is unanimously elected magistrate among her fellows and gets something very unusual for a woman at the time: founding two monasteries; one in 1150 and another in the year 1165. Even the pope himself allowed him to write about the mystical experiences that he had had since childhood. He had fans of all kinds: from the most normal people to emperors like the Emperor Federico I 'Red Beard', who maintained an epistolary relationship with her.
The music of Hildegarda was very innovative for the time. While the Gregorian chant was developed in a single octave for the voice, the music of Hildegarda was developed in two octaves. Hildegarda composed 78 pieces, all grouped in the Symphony of the Harmony of the Celestial Revelations, composed between the years 1140 and 1150.
Hildegarda lived until she was 81 years old, which for the time was (and for now, too) a lot of years.
She was finally declared a saint in May 2012. We can say without a doubt that Hildegarda Von Bingen was an extraordinary woman.
Let Güena music accompany you always!