4 female voices
Antiphon by Hildegard von Bingen
Duration : ~ 4’
Commission of Ensemble Cum Jubilo
First performance on april 20th 2014 in St-Amand de Boixe’s Abbey, by Cum Jubilo.
Recording : CD Ligia Digital – Cum Jubilo
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This work is a commission of the Cum Jubilo Ensemble : they wanted a new piece that would reflect the spirit of their name, therefore infused with a highly jubilant feeling.
The text of Hildegard von Bingen’s Magnificat antiphon « Ô frondens virga » proved, with its simple and bright lyricism, to the best setting to meet these requirements.
First an exordium with bright chords leads us to elevation ; then comes a swirling exultation in the form of a fugue ; at last is heard a sweet prayer beseeching the helping hand that will make us rise again.
Antiphon by Hildegard von Bingen (to Virgin Mary)
O frondens virga, O leafy branch,
In tua nobilitate stans, Standing in your nobility,
Sicut aurora procedit. As dawn breaks !
Nunc gaude et laetare Now rejoice, exult
Et nos debiles dignare And deign liberate us so weak
A mala consuetudine liberare Frome vil habits,
Atque manum tuam porrige And extend your hand
Ad erigendum nos. To help us to get up again.
Video documentary : Extract of “Jubilatio” at 2’10”