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Sound and Spirit; Women Mystics

Hildegard von Bingen

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Sound and Spirit
Women Mystics
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Sound And Spirit is a weekly series of hour-long radio programs exploring the human spirit through music and ideas.The program blends classical, traditional and world musics with myth and history, stories and poetry, and commentary from composers, theologians and writers, to provide insight into various aspects of the human experience. Each week the program explores connections between world cultures and examines different approaches to universal questions.

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Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, Shaker leader Anne Lee, Indian poet Mirabai, Sufi mystic Rabia... These women from different traditions shared an uncanny language of sacred ecstasy. Over the centuries, they wrote and sang as if they sensed that their rapturous visions would be for all time. Join Ellen Kushner for the poetry, music and remarkably good sense of women mystics - Christian, Muslim and Hindu - whose words and music still have great meaning for us today.

Over 800 years ago, this German medieval abbess made a name for herself across Europe as scholar, playwright, mystic and composer – In 1996, her music tops the charts and her visions are being examined by feminists, scholars, New Agers and Early Music performers with equal passion. Ellen Kushner presents a variety of musical interpretations, and chats with Barbara Thornton, director of Sequentia, whose Grammy-nominated album Canticles of Ecstasy has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide.

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