Friday, 6 May 2011

The Forty Part Motet

Currently in the Fabrica, Duke St. you can experience Thomas Tallis's polyphonal masterpiece,"Spem in Alium", as you never have before. Each of the forty voices is assigned to a separate speaker arranged in a oval. You can sit at the focus of a universe of sound or wander about and listen to each voice at random. What this year's installation lacks in visual stimulus it more than makes up for in originality and aural impact. Although a relatively simple idea its implementation must have required considerable technical expertise.

"Spem in Alium" is also being sung live by the Purcell Singers. 10pm, 15th May at St. Bartholomew's Church.

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