Spiritus Sanctus is inspired by Hildegard von Bingen’s poem of the same name. The poem speaks of the Holy Spirit giving life to all life, moving all creatures, washing them clean and healing their wounds. The ideas of life and movement are conveyed throughout most of the piece. The sudden grand pause (G.P.) represents the ancient sleep mentioned in the poem. The expansive middle section musically depicts the poem’s phrases, “washing them clean” and “healing their wounds.” The awakening of the heart is represented by the sudden burst of energy and unusual chord changes from measure 109 to the end.
Voicing: 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 octaves handbells with optional 3 octaves handchimes
Composer: Matthew Compton
Tune source: Original
Season: General, Pentecost
CGB1167 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 octaves handbells with optional 3 octaves handchimes 5.95