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Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

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Doctoral Dissertation


Fine Arts



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Dr. Ben Arnold


Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), a German abbess, composer, mystic, and theologian, was revered as a prophet during her lifetime. Since then, her numerous accomplishments and visionary writings have made her popular both in her native Germany and across the world. Hildegard produced numerous Latin writings, more than any other woman of the Middle Ages, and her more than seventy musical compositions fascinate musicians and listeners to this day. My doctoral thesis is a composition for SATB chorus, orchestra, and soprano solo entitled Hildegard Fantasy, based on the life and music of Hildegard of Bingen.

I have written both the music and the text, which is drawn from several sources among Hildegard’s writings and those of scholars investigating her life and work. For the Hildegard Fantasy, I use several of Hildegard’s pieces as part of the three-movement score, which lasts about twenty-five minutes. The composition has a neo-Romantic flavor, employing twentieth-century dissonances and Medieval modes. Hildegard Fantasy is my attempt to create an inspiring musical tribute to encourage performers and audiences to learn more about one of the most fascinating women of all time.

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