Laus Polyphoniae 2022: POLYPHONY of life

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Festival
Aug 19 - 28, 2022

Long-term partners AMUZ (Flanders Festival Antwerp) and the Alamire Foundation are joining forces once again to organize Laus Polyphoniae, which this year will focus entirely on the ‘Polyphony of Life’.

Counterpoint is not an everyday term, but it lies at the very heart of polyphony and is inextricably linked to the music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: the essential elements in our summer festival. In a nutshell, counterpoint is the intertwining of different melodies to create a sonorous piece of music. Just as you can weave textiles with different threads, you can combine musical lines according to the rules of counterpoint to create a piece of music. Through the centuries, musicians and composers have worked with these rules in startlingly creative ways, leading to a great variety of styles in all genres of music. From naive, three-part French chansons to passionate four-part Italian madrigals or cerebral twelve-part religious compositions: the festival presents polyphony in all its glory.

There was plenty of counterpoint to be heard in people’s lives in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, both on special occasions and in everyday life. In Zie een vrouw, a production that combines music and images, Lieve Blancquaert and the Tiburtina Ensemble focus on human emotions at crucial moments in a woman’s life, from birth to death. Are our lives so different from those of people 600 years ago? Anna Danilevskaia from the Sollazzo Ensemble rightly remarks that we were all born under the same sky. Emotions of love, suffering and wonder are universal. The feeling of being uprooted is also one that afflicts refugees of every age, and that is the starting point for the British ensemble Stile Antico. They present music by English composers who were forced to flee their homeland in fear of persecution because of their beliefs.

As we do every year, we will be inviting the best ensembles from Belgium and abroad to present the richness of counterpoint to you with voices and instruments. All the concerts and activities will be held at AMUZ and at historic locations in the centre of Antwerp.

Laus Polyphoniae 2022 is the postponed edition of 2020 that could not take place due to COVID.

Upcoming events

Friday 19 Aug. '22
St.-Pauluskerk

John Taverner (ca. 1490-1545)

Saturday 20 Aug. '22
Rubenshuis

Contrapunt op twee lyra viols

Saturday 20 Aug. '22
St.-Andrieskerk

Legendarische ontmoeting tussen Frankrijk en Engeland

Sunday 21 Aug. '22
AMUZ

Popularis anni iubilus. Nieuwjaar aan het hof van Rudolf II

Monday 22 Aug. '22
AMUZ

William Byrd (ca. 1540-1623)

Monday 22 Aug. '22
AMUZ

Tempus fugit

Monday 22 Aug. '22
St.-Pauluskerk

In a strange land. Elizabethan composers in exile

Tuesday 23 Aug. '22
AMUZ

Zie een vrouw

Tuesday 23 Aug. '22
AMUZ

Johannes Martini (ca. 1430/1440-1497). La fleur de biaulté

Tuesday 23 Aug. '22
Museum Vleeshuis

Contrapunti e intavolature

Wednesday 24 Aug. '22
AMUZ

Giovanni Coprario (ca. 1570/1580-1626)

Wednesday 24 Aug. '22
St.-Andrieskerk

Johannes Ciconia (ca. 1370-1412). Le ray au soleyl

Thursday 25 Aug. '22
AMUZ

Buio e splendore

Thursday 25 Aug. '22
St.-Andrieskerk

La Capilla Flamenca

Thursday 25 Aug. '22
AMUZ

In Nomine

Friday 26 Aug. '22
AMUZ

Caspar Othmayr (1515-1553). Gif en tegengif

Friday 26 Aug. '22
St.-Pauluskerk

Heinrich Isaac (ca.1450/1455-1517)

Friday 26 Aug. '22
AMUZ

Tout ce que l'on trouve sous le ciel

Saturday 27 Aug. '22
AMUZ

Contrapuncti super Ut re mi fa sol la

Saturday 27 Aug. '22
St.-Pauluskerk

O florens rosa

Saturday 27 Aug. '22
St.-Andrieskerk

Contrapuncti super Ave maris stella

Sunday 28 Aug. '22
AMUZ

A consort's monument