François Chaignaud, Marie-Pierre Brébant Symphonia Harmoniæ Cælestium Revelationum

© Illuminations, Hildegard von Bingen, Liber divinorum operum, Codex latinus, around 1230
© Anna van Waeg
© Anna van Waeg
© Anna van Waeg

Hildegard of Bingen was a universal genius. She excelled not only as a poet and scholar, but also as a composer. Her Symphonia Harmoniæ Cælestium Revelationum is a collection of sacred songs which have not ceased to exude a magical aura since its creation. For this duo project, François Chaignaud – singer, choreographer and historian – learned these medieval compositions by heart; Marie-Pierre Brébant accompanies him on the bandura, a Ukrainian lute-type folk instrument. Unrestricted by any musical or performative conventions, they reveal the spiritual, healing power of music, which could not be more remote from the scientific, logical thinking of today’s Western world. Chaignaud’s voice moves weightlessly through space bringing a sculptural dimension to the melodies of The Harmonious Music of Celestial Revelations. The concert, lasting several hours, becomes a meditative experience