Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hildegard of Bingen - Sept. 18th, 2011

Hildegard of Bingen is one of Canterbury House's favorite saints. Her life and work is staggering in its depth and scope. In the past, we have tended to focus on Hildegard's ecstatic visions, and her relationship to scholarship and wisdom. This year we chose to commemorate her by exploring God's presence in the natural world, and the theme of healing: physically and emotionally.

Andrew Kratzat is a brilliant bassist and composer from Fort Wayne, IN currently based in Ann Arbor. He played with Quartex for several years, and I have had the pleasure of working with him in a number of contexts over the years, from freely improvised music to gypsy jazz. In late July, he and his fianceé Alicia Doudna were in a near-fatal traffic accident on I-94 just outside Marshall, MI. They are currently making extraordinary progress through constant and hard work, excellent medical care, and relentless devotion and support from family and friends. For updates on Andrew & Alicia, please visit:

As a prelude, we perform Kratzat's piece "Victor Jara", written for the Chilean musician and activist, who was martyred on Sept. 16th, 1973, five days after his country was taken over by the regime of Augusto Pinochet. The rubato and modal nature of Hildegard's chants lend themselves well to a John & Alice Coltrane-style interpretation. In the past we have done "O Virtus Sapientaie" and "O Felix Anima"; "Caritas Habindat" is new for Quartex:

"Loving tenderness abounds for all
from the darkest
to the most eminent one beyond the stars,

Exquisitely loving all
she bequeaths the kiss of peace
upon the ultimate King."

Service Outline

Prelude - "Victor Jara" Andrew Kratzat
Invocation - "There Is A Balm In Gilead" trad. (Spiritual)
Psalm Tone - "Nature" Stephen Rush [Psalm 104]
Gospel Hymn - "Breathe On Me Breath of God" Edwin Hatch, Robert Jackson
Offertory - "Could You Be Loved" Bob Marley
Prayer Response - "Da Pacem Cordium" Taizé
Sanctus - "Holy, Holy, Holy Lord" Franz Schubert
Lord's Prayer - "The Lord's Prayer" Taizé
Communion Hymn - "Kristus Din Ande" Taizé
Closing Hymn - "I Saw The Light" Hank Williams
Postlude - "Caritas Habundat" Hildegard of Bingen

No comments:

Post a Comment