4 women's voices:

accompanying pre-recorded soundtracks throughout Acts I, II, & III


MIDI wand

electric bass

soprano recorder


Lisa Bielawa • Eve Beglarian • Kitty Brazelton • Elaine Kaplinsky


Prologue by Hildegard von Bingen (12th c.) with an added pre-recorded voice drone on mode final

5 min.

Act I (adapted by Lisa Bielawa from Hildegard von Bingen's plainchant 1998)

15 min.

Electric “Ordo Virtutum”
Act II
(adapted from Hildegard von Bingen's plainchant by Kitty Brazelton in 1996; revised for Lincoln Center Festival 1998)

Hildegurls' Act IV

21st-c. settings of 12th-c. Hildegard von Bingen's miracle play "Ordo Virtutum" by Brazelton in collaboration with composers Eve Beglarian, Lisa Bielawa and Elaine Kaplinsky; digital soundtracks developed in part at Columbia University Computer Music Center for Festival of Women Composers, Context Hall, October 5, 1996. Revised version commissioned and premiered by Lincoln Center Festival '98. Final performance: Edgewood College, Madison WI, September 17, 1998 (Hildegard's 900th birthday).


Hildegurls at Lincoln Center Festival, photo by Stephanie Berger

17 min

Act III (adapted by Eve Beglarian from Hildegard von Bingen 1996-8)

15 min.

Act IV (adapted by Elaine Kaplinsky from Hildegard von Bingen 1996-8)

15 min.

Postlude (in original plainchant by Hildegard von Bingen with added pre-recorded vocal drone on mode final)

3 min.