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The Wunderkammer of Polyphony

Music – polyphony –  contemporary art collection

Friday 8 October 2021
18.30 / 20.30             LAST TICKETS !
Duration: 1 hour
Vanhaerents Art Collection
Rue Anneessens 29, 1000 Brussels

This programme is founded on the idea that the polyphonic repertoire from the end of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period were the musical counterpart to the most important collections of European art. Towards the end of the fourteenth century, the Duke of Berry was not only a passionate collector of art possessing a vast cabinet of curiosities, he also encouraged composers to write works of eccentric polyphony known as “mirabilia” or “marvels “.

In the sixteenth century, influential women such as Margaret of Austria and Margaret of Parma had this avant-garde polyphony inscribed in the choir books that were part of their art collections.

And if this polyphony were to be reborn within a renowned contemporary art collection in Brussels? The public can feel for themselves the resonance between the works of art and this exceptional music, these “meraviglie”. The singers of Graindelavoix will perform from different positions within the art collection. The public can follow them and even change their viewpoint whilst listening to compositions by amongst others; Guillaume de Machaut, Alexander Agricola, Jacob Obrecht, Cipriano de Rore and Carlo Gesualdo.


Musical programme:

Works by Guillaume de Machaut, Solage, Alexander Agricola, Antoine Brumel, Nicolas Gombert, Cipriano De Rore and Carlo Gesualdo.



Björn Schmelzer, musical direction
Clara Brunet, Teodora Tommasi, Albert Riera, Andrew Hallock, Andrés Miravete, Adrian Sîrbu, Arnout Malfliet, Tomàs Maxé

Jens Van den NieuwenhuysenThe Wunderkammer of Polyphony