Antiphon for God the Father

Hildegard’s song of praise to God the Father for mezzo and string quartet

Mezzo soprano and string quartet

Text: Hildegard of Bingen, translated by Barbara Newman

In this powerful piece, Becky places the mezzo-soprano as a prophetess singing Hildegard’s original melody with her words translated into English by Barbara Newman. The mezzo-soprano is supported by an almost regal procession of worshipful strings. The work provides a startling example of Hildegard’s vision of God, providing light for our world whatever century we live in. 

Becky arranged this Antiphon for string quartet and mezzo-soprano from her 1990 chamber orchestra piece, O, Wonder! This version has the strength of the original in a smaller scale. 

Written in 2019, this 3-minute work is suitable for advanced musicians. It was commissioned by Kelvyn Prescott for his wife Ruth’s funeral in February 2019.

Listen to a sample of Antiphon for God the Father with Charlotte Kelso and the Bronzewing String Quartet

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Where to buy

You can purchase Antiphon for God the Father for mezzo and string quartet directly from Becky by emailing her: