Webinar Mechelen Choirbook


Mechelen Choirbook © Exponanza

11 May 2021

Online, Thursday 20 May 2021 at 18:00-19:30 CET (12:00-13:30 EST)

Webinar organised by the Alamire Foundation and Columbia University in collaboration with the General Delegation of the government of Flanders

On May 20, 2021, the facsimile of and study on the Mechelen Choirbook (B-MEa ss) will be presented during an international webinar organised by the Department of European Studies at Columbia University (New York) in collaboration with the Alamire Foundation. The Mechelen Choirbook, the only Alamire manuscript still preserved in the city for which it was produced, is the third volume of the Leuven Library of Music in Facsimile. This series presents high-quality reproductions of primary music sources of outstanding aesthetic, historical and cultural value. Each facsimile is in full colour and at original size, and is accompanied by an extensive study by leading experts, offering the most recent and up-to-date assessment of the source.

After introductions by Yves Wantens, the Permanent Representative of the Flemish Government in the United States, and a representative of Columbia University, general editors David Burn and Bart Demuyt will introduce the new facsimile publication. They will be followed by three authors from the accompanying study: Anne Margreet As-Vijvers (Illuminare scribendo), Stratton Bull (Alamire Foundation and Cappella Pratensis), and Honey Meconi (University of Rochester). They will highlight different aspects of the choirbook, from the extraordinary illuminations of this Alamire manuscript to the discussion of the music itself. Thomas Schmidt (University of Manchester) will join as a respondent after which the webinar will conclude with an interactive Q&A session moderated by David Burn.