The compositions by Hildegard von Bingen
were considered to be unique even as early in the High Middle Ages. No other contemporary composer achieved such a comprehensive r epertoire and there is nobody else from that time period who created such a recognisably individual style. Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179) really is the most internationally wellknown and popular representative of early European music history.
The name of the town in which Hildegard von Bingen lived and in which she created her unique repertoire strikes a particular note among music fans in Australia, Japan, as well as all over Europe and North America. Hildegard’s own town is at the gates of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Middle Rhein Valley, which itself boasts numerous medieval castles, monasteries and towns. It is in this town that a music festival will take place that makes Hildegard’s time come alive for everyone to experience with all their senses. The festival revolves around the music of the 11th to the 14th century, as this was the period that was so deﬁ ning for Hildegard’s work.
It is not just the religious music of monasteries and cathedrals that comes into its own at the festival; rather we also dedicate attention to the minstrel, instrumental and court music of the time that was also listened to by those of a religious disposition.
The “Festival Musica Antiqua Bingen” only provides a spotlight for the very highest-quality ensembles from all over Europe.
To round off the Hildegard experience, the visitors to the festival can enjoy both the comprehensive permanent exhibition on the life and works of the great prophetess in the Museum am Strom as well as the special exhibition that has been created for the festival entitled “Sounds of the Middle Ages. Music between divine praise and devilish pleasure.” Hildegard von Bingen is considered today to be perhaps the most important composer in musical history.
In this way, Hildegard’s own town of Bingen and the “Festival Musica Antiqua Bingen” enable you to connect with the impressive works of the great prophetess as never before.
Special exhibition in the Museum am Strom
from 20th September – 22nd December 2019
”SOUNDS OF THE MIDDLE AGES. MUSIC BETWEEN DIVINE PRAISE AND DEVILISH PLEASURE“
What did the Middle Ages sound like? The new special exhibition in the Museum am Strom spirits the visitors away into a time when life in Bingen and elsewhere was loud, but not always m usical. This was a time when minstrels and jongleurs sang of heroic deeds and wild adventures in castles and royal courts, a time when voices were raised to praise God every day in monasteries and cathedrals; but it was also a time when the heathen repertoire was also well thought of.
The exciting variety of the time period resounds throughout an exhibition that is a treat for all the senses. It presents replica medieval musical instruments alongside magniﬁ cent choir books and original documents of the early musical history of the region. The music of Hildegard von Bingen is presented in all its glory: two music parchments from Hildegard’s time that are thought to come from the Rupertsberg will be exhibited here for the ﬁ rst time. A multimedia station offers new insights and a plethora of information concerning choral singing in the Hildegardkloster.
Experience Hildegard’s country: in the Museum am Strom, you will receive an exclusive tour through the permanent exhibition on Hildegard von Bingen and you will learn more about the great abbess who founded her own convent on the Rupertsberg in Bingen. Afterwards you will enjoy a delicious lunch buffet in the Hildegard-Forum der “Kreuzschwestern” (sisters of the Cross), a place that really is in the spirit of Hildegard.
You will either spend the night in the nH Hotel Bingen, which is directly on the corner of the Rhine and offers a spectacular view of the UNESCO World Heritage site Middle Rhine Valley or in the family-run, centrally located Hotel Würth.
You can use the Ringticket to get to know Bingen and its surroundings a bit better. You can use the excursion ship to cross the Rhine and use the cable car in Rüdesheim to go up to the Niederwalddenkmal, which is a monument that was erected for the uniﬁ cation of Germany.
The Eibingen St. Hildegard convent is very close by and it is a convent in which Benedictine nuns live and work to this very day. After a nice, short walk through the Niederwald, you can ride down to the Rhine on the cable car in Assmannshausen and then get back onto the ship for the journey back to Bingen.
Your package includes your choice of two concerts of the Musica Antiqua Bingen. You may book tickets to additional concerts if you wish.
The weekend arrangement contains
» 3 overnight stays including breakfast
» Your choice of 2 concerts at special locations
» Hildegard tour in the Museum am Strom, Friday 10:30
» 1 lunch buffet in the Hildegard-Forum, Friday 12:00 – 14:00
» Ringticket – combined ship and cable car tour
Prices (per person in a double room):
309 Euros NH Hotel Bingen
299 Euros Hotel Würth am Freidhof
249 / 259 Euros Hotel in the Hildegard-Forum der “Kreuzschwestern” (sisters of the Cross) – (differing room categories)