Saint Hildegard,Claire Van Vliet, Katie MacGregor, Audrey Holden, Judi Conant, Mary Richardson, Robert Mealy, Na’ama Lion, and Anima. Sanctae Hildegardis Circulus Sapientiae = Circle of Wisdom. No 10 of an edition of 120.
(Newark. VT: Janus Press. 2001). Sevier Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
Created in honor of the abbess Hildegard von Bingen's (1098 - 1179) nine hundredth birthday and inspired by her glorious music, Sanctae Hildegardis Circulus Sapientiae = Circle of Wisdom is an unbridled celebration of the life and work of this German visionary, composer, Christian mystic, and author. The abbess wrote on a broad range of topics, from theology and botany to medicine and poetry. This Janus Press edition contains Latin texts of twelve songs from the Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations which anchor the seven-spread accordion, stitched with paper strips to the front cover. The book unfolds into a colorful panoramic display of bright pop-ups designed with almost no adhesive. A separate chapbook includes secondary texts and a reprinting of the Latin along with W.R. Johnson's line-by-line translations. A CD of hymns from the symphony, performed by Anima, a Vermont-based ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of mediaeval music, is included.