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Choirs of Angels

The exhibition is made possible by the Michel David-Weill Fund.

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Sounding Illuminations: The Music of the Manuscripts

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This performance and lecture, held in conjunction with the exhibition Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300–1500 (on view November 25, 2008–April 12, 2009), draws the listener into the ethereal world of medieval choral music. Richard Porterfield, Mannes College instructor and a founding member of the vocal ensemble Lionheart, leads his students from the Schola Cantorum as they perform Gregorian chants from the Met's collection of illuminated choir book pages. Porterfield also discusses the relationship of medieval musical notation to illustration, text, and ritual.

Recorded March 22, 2009

Choirs of Angels

Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300–1500

November 25, 2008–April 12, 2009

Accompanied by a publication

More than two dozen leaves of the most splendid examples from the Museum's little-known collection of choral manuscript illuminations are on view. With jewel-like color and gold, these precious images—which include scenes of singing angels, Hebrew prophets, heroic saints, and Renaissance princes—spring from the unique, artful marriage of painting, text, and music. The Museum's collection includes works created for churches across Italy, from Florence to Venice, from Cremona to Naples, by some of the most celebrated painters of their day.