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40 Part Motet by Janet Cardiff (Venice Architectural Biennale 2010)

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Uploaded on Dec 21, 2010

The work is based on the music, Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis, a Renaissance composer who wrote the music for a 40 part choir to celebrate the 40th birthday of Queen Elizabeth I. Sung by the Salisbury Cathedral Choir each voice was recorded individually, and then played back on 40 separate speakers installed throughout a space so that the audience can walk 'through the choir' as they sing the work.

On completion the work was initially toured by Field Art Projects throughout the UK and hosted by it's producing partners. It has subsequently gone on to tour internationally and editions are now owned by the Tate Gallery, Museum of Modern Art New York and the National Gallery of Canada. The work was awarded the Millennium Prize by the National Gallery of Canada.

40 Part Motet by Janet Cardiff was produced by Field Art Projects with the Arts Council of England, Canada House, the Salisbury Festival and Salisbury Cathedral Choir, BALTIC Gateshead, The New Art Gallery Walsall and the Now Festival Nottingham, with the assistance of Tascam UK and B&W Loudspeakers.

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