O Rubor Sanguinis

Poet/Lyricist: 

Hildegard von Bingen
"O Rubor Sanguinis" is movement II of "O Power Beyond All Season: Three Hildegard Chants for Women's Voices". The other movements are "Aer Enim" and "O Vis Aeternitatis". I've sung many Hildegard chants and have always been amazed by her agile, flowing, and hypnotic chant lines.

Commissioned by: 

made possible by a grant through the Jerome Composers Commissioning Project

Premiere: 

Virgin Ground
Item Voicing Media Price
LK036-03 SSA a cappella
$2.00
LKD036-03
digital download
SSA a cappella $2.00

Text:

O Rubor Sanguinis

O rubor sanguinis qui de excelso
illo fluxisti quod divinitas tetigit.
Tu flos es quem hiems de flatu
serpentis num quam laesit.

[translation]
O ruby blood which flowed
from on high where divinity touched.
You are a flower that the
winter of the serpent's breath an never injure.

Program Notes: 

Notes in boxes should be sung in free rhythm by each singer individually until the cue notes signal to arrive at the cadence.