Written for the University of Cincinnati Men's Choir, Kevin Coker, Conductor.
The work sets a text by Hildegard von Bingen. It is rhythmic and explosive in its use of spoken text, foot stomps, and ostinato-based vocal writing. 'O Ignis Spiritus' is meant to open a set of music as it is thoroughly ecstatic with thorny harmonies and exciting use of articulation. I encourage you to explore this truly engaging work with your singers! Thank you to Kevin for commissioning it!
O ignis Spiritus paracliti,
vita vite omnis creature,
sanctus es vivificando formas.
O fire of the Spirit and Defender,
the life of every life created:
Holy are you—giving life to every form.
Hildegard von Bingen