Divine Love in the Medieval Cosmos

The Cosmologies of Hildegard of Bingen and Hermann of Carinthia
Jack Ford

For Hildegard, music functions as an aid for understanding the psalms, and by extension is a way of understanding God. To emphasize this connection, she links the practice of music with prelapsarian man to stress its importance both before and after original sin was introduced. Before Adam fell from grace his voice ‘was the sound of every harmony and sweetness of the whole art of music.’

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