Petrus Alamire – Polyphony in the Picture
Antwerp, Cathedral, 19 August - 22 November 2015
Taking advantage of seven extraordinary music manuscripts from the workshop of Petrus Alamire, preserved in our country, you can get immersed in the Flanders and the Europe of around 1500, getting acquainted with the rulers, composers, musicians, the arts and the world view.
These choir- and songbooks from which the singers sang straightaway, will be given visual and auditory life. Not only will you see the skill with which they were made, but by virtue of digital images of the most beautiful pages and the most splendid details you will be in a position to access the whole manuscript to boot. In collaboration with the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Antwerp the story of the manuscript will be further illustrated by artworks (and objects) from that era. Aided by a headphone you will enter a universe from 500 years ago, pride of place evidently being given to music and polyphony.
After the seven case stories you can enjoy total immersion into the sound world of early 16th-century polyphony. Walking through the Media-installation 'Speculum Musurgica' by artist Rudi Knoops, you will experience the polyphonic texture of the music, as a whole or as a multitude of individual musical lineaments, seeing the musicians at work.