Wiesbaden Codex

Wiesbaden Codex Facsimile Edition

Monastery of Rupertsberg (Germany) — Ca. 1180–1190

Skillfully written in black and red ink by a team of scribes: music composed by the famous medieval polymath and visionary Hildegard von Bingen

  1. Hildegard von Bingen (ca. 1098–1179) was one of the most important figures of the Middle Ages

  2. Her collected works are preserved in the Wiesbaden Codex, created according to her final wishes

  3. The section devoted to Hildegard's musical compositions is presented here in facsimile

Wiesbaden Codex

Hs. 2 Hessische Landes und Hochschulbibliothek (Darmstadt, Germany)
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  2. Facsimile Editions (1)
Wiesbaden Codex

Referred to in German as the Riesencodex or “giant codex” due to its size and weight – 15 kilograms, 481 folios, secured with an iron chain, and measuring 30 x 45 cm – the Wiesbaden Codex is an encyclopedia comprising the collected works of the famous medieval polymath and visionary Hildegard von Bingen. It is named after its modern repository in the Hessische Landesbibliothek, Wiesbaden, Germany. Only her medical writings, which may have never been completed, and some of her letters are missing from the manuscript, work on which was likely started at the end of her life or shortly after her death in 1179. The manuscript was originally designed by Volmar, Hildegard’s first secretary, but was heavily edited and then executed by Guibert of Gembloux, her final secretary. These changes are apparently in accordance with Hildegard’s wishes in her final days. The work of several scribes can be discerned from the text, which is neatly written using red and black ink in two columns. This facsimile contains the section of the original manuscript, which is dedicated to Hildegard's musical compositions.


Alternative Titles
Rupertsberger Riesencodex
Hildegard von Bingen: Lieder
Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum
Ordo virtutum
Kodex mit der Kette
Hildegard von Bingen - Rupertsberger Riesencodex
Size / Format
481 folios / 46.0 × 30.0 cm
Ca. 1180–1190
Symphonia and Ordo virtutum
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Hildegard von Bingen: Lieder Facsimile Edition
Reichert Verlag – Wiesbaden, 1998
Facsimile Editions

#1 Hildegard von Bingen: Lieder

Reichert Verlag – Wiesbaden, 1998
Hildegard von Bingen: Lieder Facsimile Edition
Hildegard von Bingen: Lieder Facsimile Edition Copyright Photos: Ziereis Facsimiles

Publisher: Reichert Verlag – Wiesbaden, 1998
Commentary: 1 volume by Michael Klaper
Languages: English, German
1 volume: This facsimile is not complete. Reproduction of the folios 466-481 (Symphonia and Ordo virtutum) of the original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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