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A Feather on the Breath of God

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Released  April 1985
Producer  Martin Compton
Label  Hyperion Records
Length  44:03
Release date  April 1985
Genres  Early music, Vocal music
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Recorded  St Jude's Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, 14 September 1981
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Artists  Gothic Voices, Christopher Page
Similar  Gothic Voices albums, Early music albums, Other albums

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A Feather on the Breath of God is an award-winning album of sacred vocal music written in the 12th century by the German abbess Hildegard of Bingen, and recorded by the English soprano Emma Kirkby and Gothic Voices. It was released by the Hyperion Records label in April 1985.


It is an album of early medieval plainchant. The title is taken from a passage in Hildegard’s writings in which she describes herself:

Listen: there was once a king sitting on his throne. Around him stood great and wonderfully beautiful columns ornamented with ivory, bearing the banners of the king with great honour. Then it pleased the king to raise a small feather from the ground and he commanded it to fly. The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air bore it along. Thus am I '"A feather on the breath of God."

The album received the Early-Medieval Gramophone Award for 1982–1983 and the maximum rating of five stars from AllMusic.

It was recorded in St. Jude's Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, on 14 September 1981. The music and Latin texts are from a contemporary medieval manuscript (Wiesbaden, Hessische Landesbibliothek M52) edited by Dr. Christopher Page, who also directed the recorded performance itself.

Track listing

All compositions (sequences and hymns) written by Hildegard of Bingen.

  1. “Columba aspexit” (5:18)
  2. “Ave, generosa” (4:36)
  3. “O ignis spiritus” (4:48)
  4. “O Ierusalem” (8:02)
  5. “O Euchari” (5:43)
  6. “O viridissima virga” (3:13)
  7. “O presul vere civitatis” (6:12)
  8. “O Ecclesia” (6:11)


  • Emma Kirkby – soprano
  • Emily Van Evera – soprano
  • Poppy Holden – soprano
  • Judith Stell – soprano
  • Margaret Philpot – contralto
  • Andrew Parrott – tenor
  • Kevin Breen – tenor
  • Howard Milner – tenor
  • Doreen Muskett – symphony
  • Robert White – reed drones
  • Christopher Page – director
  • Recording and production personnel

  • Tony Faulkner – recording engineer
  • Martin Compton – recording producer
  • Terry Shannon – front design
  • Edward Perry – executive producer
  • Songs

    1Columba aspexit5:16
    2Ave - generosa4:37
    3O ignis spiritus4:49


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