Early Music Festival - 22nd edition
The annual summer festival Laus Polyphoniae focuses on 14th-, 15th- and 16th- century music, singling out for special consideration the polyphonists of the Low Countries. Each festival edition is built up around a theme or a composer. At several venues in the historical centre of Antwerp you can hear top ensembles from home and abroad, while concurrently familiarizing yourself with recent musicological research. The programmes are framed with assorted social-artistic and educational initiatives.
Laus Polyphoniae – Petrus Alamire
The music manuscripts of Petrus Alamire belong to the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts of the late Middle Ages. In dialogue with top-class masterpieces of the Flemish Primitives from the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp you will be able to discover their special symbolism, uniquely detailed elaboration and magnificent display of colour in the exhibition "Petrus Alamire, Polyphony Visualized" at the Cathedral of Our Lady.
Those manuscripts are not only important for art history, they also have an exceptional value for the history of music. As a matter of fact the choir books offer a unique overall picture of music production in the Low Countries and northern France. They contain both religious and profane music composed in a period of seventy years. Masses, motets and chansons by three generations of composers constitute the core of the repertoire: from Johannes Ockeghem and Johannes Regis, ranging across Josquin des Prez and Pierre de la Rue to Jean Richafort and Adriaan Willaert.
Laus Polyphoniae 2015 evokes the world of Petrus Alamire with more than a hundred activities at different venues in the historical downtown precinct. Masterpieces that lay dormant for centuries will be dusted off at world premieres. During twelve days you will be able to undertake a musical voyage of discovery, enjoying walks, lunch and evening concerts as well as nocturnes. More than twenty outstanding ensembles from home and abroad share equal billing, including Huelgas Ensemble, Zefiro Torna, ClubMediéval, Cappella Pratensis, BL!NDMAN & Collegium Vocale, Mezzaluna & Lute Consort Paul O'Dette, The Tallis Scholars, Stile Antico, Cut Circle, and many others.
Allow yourself to be caught up in the world of polyphony during the workshops of the International Petrus Alamire Lab and the open concert performances by international top-notch specialists such as Raquel Andueza, Jennifer Bloxam, Fabrice Fitch, Jesse Rodin or Paul Van Nevel.
Welcome in Antwerp for Laus Polyphoniae 2015, the summer festival that reveals the music from 500 years ago in a dialogue of image and sound!
Discover the complete festival programme with concert notes and further information on www.amuz.be