Karitas habundat (Love Abounds)
In this season of social distancing, I'm offering a series of virtual micro-concerts for anyone to enjoy. Every Wednesday, I’ll post one fine performance of notable music for women’s voices. The selections and performing groups will be varied and eclectic. Most will be in the 3-5 minute range. Each post will include an audio recording, brief notes, text & translation and, when practical, a PDF copy of the score in case you want to follow along.
This week we sail back to the 12th c. with some transcendent liturgical chant by another of my favorite composers, Hildegard of Bingen. Take a few minutes from your busy day. Light a candle and let this beautifully mysterious music wash over you.
About the Composer
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was a Christian mystic, Benedictine Abbess and visionary. She was proficient in philosophy, musical composition, herbology, medieval literature, cosmology, medicine, biology, theology, and natural history. She refused to be defined by the patriarchal hierarchy of the church and, although she abided by its strictures, Hildegard pushed the established boundaries for women.
She wrote theological, botanical, and medicinal texts, as well as letters, poetry and liturgical songs for female choirs to sing. There are more surviving chants by Hildegard than by any other composer from the entire Middle Ages, and she is one of the few known composers to have written both the music and the words.
About this Performance
This is a live performance from Dec. 2018 by Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble (Oakland/Berkeley), Mitchell Covington founding Artistic Director.
Karitas habundat in omnia, de imis excellentissima super sidera atque amantissima in omnia, quia summo regi osculum pacis dedit.
Love abounds in all things, from the depths exalted and excelling over every star, and most beloved of all, for to the highest King the kiss of peace she gave.
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Mitchell Covington is an award-winning composer and conductor who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent adjudicator for choir competitions and festivals and workshop clinician. He has led choir tours and festivals throughout Europe. Mr. Covington has several choral compositions in print with major U.S publishers and his music has been performed by choirs throughout the U.S and Europe. Mr. Covington is the Founding and current Artistic Director of Voci Women's Vocal Ensemble.