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Antwerp put polyphony in the spotlight once again this summer. Laus Polyphoniae, the largest festival in the world focusing exclusively on European polyphonic heritage from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, can look back on a fantastic edition. The theme was historically informed performance of our own Franco-Flemish polyphony.

This was a virtual festival, with musical gems from the period between 1250 and 1650, and a bonus excursion to the present day in the form of James MacMillan’s Miserere. Each piece of music was placed in a context consisting of academic background information, performance practice and personal reflections straight from the heart.

Polyphony connects was popular from Europe to the United States and from Asia to New Zealand. People everywhere watched and listened in droves, and the reactions were overwhelmingly positive. We have succeeded in using polyphony to connect thousands of people interested in art, culture and music, all around the world!

AMUZ (Festival of Flanders Antwerp) and the Alamire Foundation, the International Centre for the Study of Music in the Low Countries at the KU Leuven, were glad that you could join us. We would like to offer our warmest thanks to you, our loyal listeners, all the passionate musicians, tutors and lecturers, our subsidising bodies and partners!

 

JOSQUIN & POLYPHONY OF LIFE – LAUS POLYPHONIAE 2021 & 2022

In 2021 we will be commemorating the 500th anniversary of the death of Josquin des Prez. The Franco-Flemish composer and singer, who worked at the Sistine Chapel for some time, died in 1521. He was the Bach of the Renaissance, and his anniversary deserves to be celebrated, hopefully in normal circumstances. In 2022, we will be presenting the promised POLYPHONY OF LIFE edition of Laus Polyphoniae. We will continue using the www.polyphonyconnects.com digital platform to make sure you are the first to know about all new developments, news reports, announcements and so on.  Because polyphony connects.

 

Bart Demuyt
General and Artistic Director of AMUZ (Festival of Flanders Antwerp)

Festival overview

Sat 15.08.2020

Huelgas Ensemble: Spem in alium – Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)
With a cri de cœur from Chantal Pattyn

From 15.08.2020 to 30.09.2020
Concert walk International Young Artist’s Presentation (IYAP)

From 15.08.2020
Magnificent Polyphony – Polyphony for beginners and fans
Online study course in partnership with the Davidsfonds Academy

Fri 21.08.2020

Canto Coronato: Earthly Sirens – the Las Huelgas Codex and newly discovered sources
With an introduction by David Catalunya and a cri de cœur from Dirk De Wachter

KlaraLive@Laus Polyphoniae
Broadcast on Klara

Collegium Vocale Gent: Il bel viso
Live@AMUZ & broadcast on Klara

Coda 1: Ensemble Clément Janequin – Escoutez tous gentilz galoys (Clément Janequin, ca. 1485-na 1558)
With an impression by Sofie Taes

Sat 22.08.2020

Petrus Alamire
Documentary Alamire Foundation in partnership with AMUZ and the Royal Library of Belgium

Anonymous 4 Motets from the Montpellier Codex
With an introduction by Susan Hellauer and a cri de cœur from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Coda 2: Micrologus – Berricuocoli donne e confortini (Anonymous)
With an impression by Frederic Delmotte

Sun 23.08.2020

Sollazzo Ensemble: Nuit et iour – Amorous Obsession in Ars Nova Repertoire
With an introduction by Michael Scott Cuthbert and a cri de cœur from Katelijne Boon

Coda 3: Joshua Rifkin & Concerto Palatino – Vespro della beata vergine: Nigra sum (Claudio Monteverdi, 1567-1643)
With an impression by Elise Simoens

Mon 24.08.2020

Renaissance Polyphony
Book presentation Fabrice Fitch

Mezzaluna, Paul O’Dette, Crawford Young & Marc Lewon: Basevi Codex
With an introduction by Peter Van Heyghen and a cri de cœur from Jan Jambon

Coda 4: Carlos Mena & Ricercar Consort – Ye sacred muses (William Byrd, c. 1540-1623)
With an impression by Robin Steins

From Mon 24.08.2020 to Fri 28.08.2020
The Flight of the Red Admiral
Music holiday for children in partnership with Musica, Impulse Centre for Music

From Mon 24.08.2020 to Sat 29.08.2020
International Summer School
Online course in partnership with Cappella Pratensis, Musica, Impulse Centre for Music & the Alamire Foundation

Tue 25.08.2020

Huelgas Ensemble: Eton College in 1500
With an introduction by Paul Van Nevel and a cri de cœur from Geert Van Istendael

Coda 5: La Hispanoflamenca – Un nuevo dolor me mata (Anonymous, from the Chansonnier Masson 56)
With an impression by Bart Demuyt

Wed 26.08.2020

Leuven Chansonnier
Documentary Alamire Foundation in partnership with AMUZ

Sollazzo Ensemble: Leuven Chansonnier
With an introduction by David Burn and a cri de cœur from Bea Cantillon

Cappella Pratensis: Josquin in Rome
Live@AMUZ & broadcast on Klara, with an introduction by Jennifer Bloxam

Coda 6: La Colombina – Spiritus meus attenuabitur (Estêvão de Brito, c. 1575-1641)
With an impression by Sofie Taes

Thu 27.08.2020

Collegium Vocale Gent – Carved on the Wall: Josquin des Prez and the Papal Chapel
With an introduction by Eric Jas and a cri de cœur from Lieve Blancquaert

Coda 7: Mala Punica – Deus in adiutorium meum intende (Anonymous, from the Codex Faenza)
With an impression by Frederic Delmotte

Fri 28.08.2020

The Sixteen – Miserere: Allegri versus MacMillan
With an introduction by Harry Christophers and a cri de cœur from Philip Heylen

Coda 8: Sollazzo Ensemble – Magdalena degna da laudare (Anonymous, from Laudario di Cortona)
With an impression by Elise Simoens

Sat 29.08.2020

Sette Voci – A Selection from Monteverdi’s Third Madrigal Book
With an introduction by Ignace Bossuyt and a cri de cœur from Ben Van Beneden

Sollazzo Ensemble: Aime qui vouldra
Live@AMUZ & broadcast on Klara

Coda 9: Huelgas Ensemble – Magnificat à 3, 4 & 6 (Robert White, c. 1538-1574)
With an impression by Robin Steins

Sun 30.08.2020

Stile Antico: Motets by Giaches de Wert
With an introduction by Katelijne Schiltz and a cri de cœur from Francesca Vanthielen

Coda 10: Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam – Ave regina caelorum (Andreas De Silva, c. 1475/80-c. 1530)
With an impression by Bart Demuyt

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