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Medieval nun’s chants given modern twist and released as album

London, Oct 27 (ANI): A medieval nun is poised to become an unlikely chart star after her liturgical chants were transformed into music by Madonna’s record producer.

A series of compositions by Hildegard of Bingen, a Benedictine abbess who died in 1179, have been released as an album, the Telegraph reported.

The producer, Guy Sigsworth, has reworked them to create “ambient remixes.”

Sigsworth is a classically trained musician known for his work with Madonna, Britney Spears and Seal.

The album, Hildegard, is being released by Decca and industry experts predict it will become a chart success.

Sigsworth worked with Stevie Wishart, a composer who studied medieval music and has long been fascinated by Hildegard’s compositions.

Wishart enlisted female singers to perform the works and set the ancient texts to music.

“Hildegard’s songs have a kind of universality,” she said.

“She is fantastic to sing and just an extraordinary composer who wrote over 70 songs.

“I have not studied a contemporary composer who has songs with such incredible range,” she added.

Earlier this month, Hildegard was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI for her “life of holiness and virtue” and for bringing “a woman’s insight to the mysteries of faith.”

Born in 1098 to a noble German family, Hildegard began seeing religious visions as a young girl and entered a convent at the age of eight.

She wrote poems, theological texts and songs, the latter collectively known as the Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum.

Her music has been recorded before but this is the first time it has been produced with such a modern twist. (ANI)

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