Voices of Passion - autumn 2021
Voices of Passion makes wonderful polyphonic music reverberate in the unique setting of Park Abbey. Alamire Foundation and 30CC invite (inter)national top ensembles and soloists to perform musical gems dating from the period between the early Renaissance and the advent of Baroque.
A multi-vocal anniversary
2021 is an anniversary year for polyphony. The Alamire Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2021. As centre of excellence at KU Leuven and creative ambassador of the City of Leuven, the Foundation has invested in research and valorisation of Gregorian chant and polyphony from the Low Countries since 1991. 30CC and Alamire have intensely and happily worked together for 30 years to let this unique heritage be heard in churches and abbeys.
After the opening concert of the festival with English music from one of Pierre Alamire’s manuscripts, the focus shifts to the second half of the 16th century. In 1521, Philippe de Monte was born in Mechelen, where he was probably educated as a choir boy in St Rumbold's Cathedral. His flourishing career brought him to Italy, England, Vienna and Prague, where he died in 1603. He was one of the most productive composers of his time, with no less than 1200 madrigals, 300 motets and 40 masses.
Voices of Passion seizes the opportunity to give this lesser-known master the attention he deserves.