Bosch Choir Books

The Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap in ‘s Hertogenbosch houses an incredible treasure : eleven point-giving choir books from the period 1450-1600, nine of which with beautiful multi-voiced (polyphonic) music. Together they embody the unprecedented cultural flowering period of the Duchy of Brabant, also called the Brabant Golden Age.

The music has been written and widely used for liturgy, but has been toomed for centuries. Hardly anyone knows it and it’s nowhere to listen to. But that’s going to change now: Cappella Pratensis is going to unpack the Bosch choir books! In a five-year mega project, one or two books are opened annually to the public, both visually and in sound. And every year we start with a festive concert in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

The opening concert of the 2020 year will take place on Wednesday 4 March in the Grote Kerk, and will be a live performance of music and visual art, preceded by a lecture.

Programme: works by Jean Mouton from choral book 72A and a selection of the entire choir book collection.

The Bosch choir books project is a collaboration between three natural partners: the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap, the Alamire Foundation and Cappella Pratensis.

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