Launch of the documentary "A canon for Mary of Hungary"


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21 March 2023

To mark this year’s Early Music Day, organized by REMA, the Alamire Foundation is launching the documentary "A canon for Mary of Hungary" today on its digital platform (available in Dutch, English, and French).

Following the overwhelming success of the documentary Basses Danses: Margaret of Austria’s basse danse manuscript, the Alamire Foundation has once again partnered with the Royal Library of Belgium to produce an in-depth documentary and publish a unique facsimile and study in the series Leuven Library of Music in Facsimile. It concerns one of the masterpieces of the Royal Library’s collection: Benedictus Appenzeller's canon Sancta Maria succurre miseris, which was printed on a linen tablecloth in 1548 as a gift to Mary of Hungary. Professor at Utrecht University Eric Jas and the young ensemble Cacophony! delve deeper into Appenzeller's polyphonic composition in a brand new documentary-concert. The historical context of this exceptional source and the music it contains are unravelled step by step, while the beautiful canon is brought back to life in its two possible elaborations.

Watch the documentary-concert now on!

The facsimile and the accompanying study (in Dutch and English) are now also available in the webshop of the Alamire Foundation.