Laus Polyphoniae 2014

Laus Polyphoniae 2014

In search of the young Monteverdi

The young Monteverdi will be at the centre of the 21st edition of Laus Polyphoniae. Claudio Monteverdi went down in history as the man who once and for all transformed Franco-Flemish polyphony, paving the way for the new expressive Italian baroque style. He went beyond abstract vocal counterpoint, emphasizing harmony, solo melody, emotional expression, and the development of concertante music. Witness his opera Orfeo (1607) and his seventh and eighth book of madrigals (1619 and 1638).

But is this vantage point not too one-sided? In his Missa in illo tempore (1610) Monteverdi reveals himself as an expert in the counterpoint of Renaissance polyphony. Also his earliest books of madrigals show how he was steeped in the Renaissance tradition. Therefore  Monteverdi was in the first place a vital link between Renaissance and baroque. His oeuvre represents both old and new, tradition and innovation. 

This respect for tradition is precisely the refreshing perspective from which Laus Polyphoniae 2014 looks at Monteverdi's music. The festival will not only go deeply into his earliest oeuvre (such as the Missa in illo tempore and the first five madrigal books), but will also explore the most fascinating composers among his role models and contemporaries (Marenzio, Ingegneri, Gombert, de Wert, Caccini and Willaert). Their music will be in good hands with, among others, Huelgas Ensemble, Concerto Palatino, Marco Beasley, La Venexiana, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Concerto Soave, Joshua Rifkin and Psallentes.

From 22 to 31 August on various historic locations in Antwerp.  
Advance booking: Saturday 15 March. Start ticket sales: Monday 17 March.
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