Hildegard von Bingen Lieder. Faksimile. Riesencodex (Hs.2) der Hessischen Landesbibliothek Wiesbaden, fol. 466-481v. Herausgegeben von Lorenz Welker mit einem Kommentar von Michael Klaper



A Facsimile of the "Riesencodex" (Hs.2 of the Hessische Landesbibliothek, Wiesbaden,
fol. 466-481v)

Wiesbaden, 1998/2005. 35 x 49 cm, xl, 32 pp. A splendid full-color and full-sized reproduction of the musical portion of the “Riesencodex” (a unique Gesamtausgabe of Hildegard’s writings), consisting of altogether 75 songs and the allegorical morality play Ordo Virtutum (Ritual of Virtues).

Like the Dendermonde MS from the same period (c.1175), the Riesencodex—“giant codex”—was copied at the Rupertsberg scriptorium. Written in an exquisite German 'hufnagel' script, the MS transmits her “songs” in the form of a liturgical cycle of antiphons, responsories, sequences, hymns, a Kyrie and Alleluia. A unique witness in cultural history–the copying of the manuscript was supervised by Hildegard herself.
Commentary in Ger-Eng.
Fine bibliophile edition, handsomely bound in red linen with reproduction of one the manuscript's pages on the cover. $299

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