Choice of the artistic work of St Hildegard is not random. She lived and worked in the early 12th century. She was an extraordinary person of great power and influence in medieval Europe. She was a multi-talented woman: a visionary, scientist, composer, philosopher and physician. Her intellectual activity and creativity emerges especially in the second half of her life until its end (she lived 81 years).


Hildegard was a forerunner in many areas. As the first woman in the Middle Ages she independently founded a convent, she was also the first who made the comprehensive description of the German flora and fauna. St. Hildegard is also the first known author of morality and first and only known composer who signed the name on her work as well as the first saint who wrote the autobiography and memoirs. She is being regarded as the first German philosopher of the nature and physician. As first from women brought up the subject matter of sexual life and gynecology in her letters.

 

Our project relates mainly but not only to the music of St. Hildegard. In this matter her achievements are impressive. Although it derives from Gregorian chant it does not actually have any analogies in contemporary Europe. It is an independent phenomenon of exceptional expression power.


Hildegard's compositions appear today in Western Europe directly and out of the church context. She is herself a phenomenon inspiring contemporary musicians performing Gregorian chants and also those who form various musical styles on the borderline of chants and current music.Her songs, hymns, chants and sequences still inspire us, in our creative work today.


In Jarek Kostka’sproject, instrumental passages - quasi jazz, totally enrich the whole musical piece, without compromising the original song and its readability. The use of modern instruments: piano, saxophone, percussion and other (instruments were also introduced by Hildegard in her chants), expands the context of sound and becomes a symbol of the transfer of values from the "cultural roots" to the present. Inventive directing of the whole performance introduces necessary non-musical topics (life and health philosophy, active life attitude regardless of age, continuous internal improvement and development, seeking of harmony with environment and back to nature. These topics follow contemporary trends in sensitizing people to environmental problems and presence of nature in their lives as well as the need for unity between city and nature), where the base builds the theological work of St. Hildegard, descriptions of her visions, revelations and mystical experiences also life and health philosophy.

 



Hildegarda z Bingen w Owińskach, Jarosław Kostka - opracowanie, instrumenty klawiszowe; Jacek Skrzypczak – saksofon; Chór „ProVobis” pod dyr. Krystyny Kamińskiej

 
 
See also:
Jarosław Kostka - fortepian,
 Jarosław Wachowiak - saksofon, Kwartet BeFour - śpiew

Hildegarda z Bingen w Owińskach
Jarosław Kostka - opracowanie, instrumenty klawiszowe;
Jacek Skrzypczak – saksofon; Chór „ProVobis” pod dyr. Krystyny Kamińskiej

Hildegarda z Bingen w Owińskach
Jarosław Kostka - opracowanie, instrumenty klawiszowe;
Jacek Skrzypczak – saksofon; Chór „ProVobis” pod dyr. Krystyny Kamińskiej
 

PŁYTA HILDEGARDA IMPRESSIONS

hildegarda impressions



Jarek Kostka - piano
Mariusz Kozłowski - saxophone
Pro Vobis Chamber Choir conducted by Krystyna Kamińska
Solists: Magdalena Nowak, Katarzyna Różańska
Michał Garstecki -  mix, mastering
Editor - Stowarzyszenie "Gloria in Musica"
Artistic concept and production - Jarek Kostka


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