Butler ArtsFest presents The Original Outsider: Hildegard of Bingen and Musical Mysticism, a lecture by Nicholas Johnson, faculty member of Butler University School of Music and specialist in music history, on Tuesday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts.

Admission is free. No tickets are required.

St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), a medieval abbess, writer, composer, and philosopher, is perhaps best known for her musical morality play, Ordo Virtutum. Her musical inspiration reportedly came from mystical visions, but some scholars have recently argued that many of these hallucinations may have been falsified, as they allowed her to subvert a masculine- dominated culture, to write sacred music and other texts as a woman by claiming she was receiving messages from God.

This presentation explores this dichotomy, and further places Hildegard’s work in a larger cultural and artistic context of 12th-century musical practice.

Johnson is a specialist in the music history of the early-modern period and American popular music. He has received prestigious research grants from the Fulbright Commission and the Mellon Foundation, and has presented at several national and international conferences, including Princeton University, Oxford University, and the University of Vienna.

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