As you gaze at the extraordinary music manuscripts from the workshop of Petrus Alamire you will be transported to early 16-century Flanders and beyond to late-medieval Europe. You’ll meet rulers, composers and musicians, and experience the arts and the world view of the time as the choirbooks and chansonniers from which the singers performed spring to life in image and sound. You will witness in minute detail how skillfully they were made, through digital images of the most beautiful pages. You’ll also be able to digitally leaf through complete manuscripts. Five hundred years roll back to surround the visitor with a polyphonic soundscape. As you walk through the media-installation 'Speculum Musurgica' by artist Rudi Knoops, you will experience the polyphonic texture of the music, in its totality or as a multitude of individual musical lines, as you get virtually up close and personal with the musicians at work.
The exhibition ‘Petrus Alamire, Polyphony in the Picture’ was first mounted in Antwerp Cathedral and will travel internationally starting in 2017:
United Kingdom, Beverley, Minster, May 25th - July 16th 2017:'Through the looking Glass, An Exhibition of Illustrated Musical Manuscripts from the Workshop of Petrus Alamire' (Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival, Hull2017 UK City of Culture)