12th-century composer, theologian, writer and visionary Hildegard von Bingen spent most of her life in an isolated, hilltop monastery. She didn't start writing music until she was 38, and she set her own beautiful verses to music, the only 12th-century composer to do so. Her lush, romantic images of gardens and flowers and jewels stimulate the imagination, even today.
Women's History Spotlight: Hildegard von Bingen
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