Hildegard of Bingen

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Chants by Hildegard on the MEI-Neumes Viewer

About the MEI-Neumes Viewer

Hildegard’s music as preserved in the manuscripts is written in German neumes on a four-line stave using c- and f-clefs. The MEI-Neumes Viewer provides access to a digital critical edition of Hildegard’s antiphone O splendidissima gemma. It is based on an encoding of the song as found in the Dendermonde Codex and the Riesencodex using an extension of the Music Encoding Initiative data format.

Technical notes

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How to use the Viewer

In the upper part of the Viewer window you will find the main menu. On the left you can select songs from the database currently available.

  • “Source” allows to switch between the encoded manuscripts, the blue color indicating that for this source variant readings are available (in this case this is source D). The transcription uses treble clef and stemless noteheads for the pitches (later on various transcription modes as square notation will be available). The original neumes as found in the manuscripts are displayed above the stave.
  • With “Display options” you can select further information to be displayed.
  • “Variant readings” marks the notes where variant readings exist in another source in blue. By mouseover a small windows pops up displaying the variant reading, the name of the source and a critical commentary. You can close the window by clicking on “x” or selecting another variant reading by mouseover.
  • “INeumes” displays colored brackets above those neumes, which are made up of graphically separated neume elements but still form a unit; by mouseover the name of these neumes will be displayed.
  • “Logical groups” indicates by green brackets sequences of neumes which the encoder considers to form a logical unit.
  • “Abbreviation” displays in magenta the abbreviations of the text used in the manuscripts.
  • “Page- and Linebreaks” indicates in red the page- and linebreaks within the manuscripts.
  • Use the “Zoom”-function to zoom in and out on the page. The black arrow on the right takes you to the next page of the edition.

View notation of Hildegard's chants: