Session 106: Music and Ceremony: Defining Space and Place
Monday 3 July 2017, 11.15-12.45
|Moderator/Chair:||Ursula Bieber, Fachbereich Slawistik / Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalter und Frühneuzeit (IZMF), Universität Salzburg|
|Paper 106-a||Coronation in Another Place: Gloucester Abbey, 28 October 1216|
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Liturgy, Music
|Paper 106-b||Music and Ceremony: Defining Hildegard of Bingen's Spaces of Disability in Drama, Liturgy, and Mystical Vision|
Index terms: Liturgy, Medicine, Mentalities, Music
This paper describes spaces of disability. Often now as in the Middles Ages disability defines spaces of marginalization – people with physical impairments may be left to wait for help in spaces apart, or those with long-term illness may be separated from the general population, while people with mental distress may feel isolated or be institutionalised. Yet there is another possibility, sacramental significance. We may think of the integration of developmentally disabled people in the city of Geel as enactment of its identity defined by the legend and patronage of St. Dymphna. Examining Hildegard’s drama, the Ordo Virtuum and her liturgical lyrics, and her first-person accounts in her Vita and letters, this paper analyses disability in her monastic life, her experiences of vision, and her liturgical imagery in terms of music and ceremony. We emerge with a new understanding of music and liturgical ceremony as illuminated by the body in a sacramental model of disability.