From its beginning, classical music has seen significant contributions from women. In the 12th century Hildegard von Bingen was a composer and a mystic… and a Benedictine Abbess who founded two monasteries. Among her 70-plus compositions, her Ordo Virtutum, is the oldest surviving morality play. Listen to Ordo Virtutum.
This post is part WXXI Classical 91.5’s celebration of Women’s History Month. For more of these stories and other resources, check out Celebrating the Contributions of Women to Classical Music.