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Concert in Exeter Cathedral, England by Collegium Singers on Saturday March 20th 2010 at 8 p.m. - Choral Polyphony from Renaissance Treviso and Venice

Location: England, United Kingdom
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Mixed
'Books have their Destiny' - Concert of choral polyphony from Treviso & Venice
Habent sua fata libelli (‘books have their destiny’) wrote the second century Latin grammarian Terentianus Maurus. Literally thousands of choir books compiled and transcribed over the centuries from European monasteries and cathedrals have been lost forever through war and iconoclasm, though the secrets of these lost repertories are sometimes revealed in small fragments of formerly large collections. On 6th April 1944 the archives of Treviso Cathedral held 25 manuscripts of polyphonic music written before 1630. An allied air raid on the 7th destroyed 14 of them. Thanks to the painstaking work of modern scholars such as Bonnie Blackburn, sixteenth century repertory from Treviso Cathedral has been painstakingly reconstructed, allowing a unique glimpse into its rich musical tradition and of the talents of composers such as Giovanni Nasco, Pietro Spalenza, Francesco Santacroce and their more famous colleagues Cipriano de Rore and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.
Tickets: £12 (half price for students, free for under 12s) - Tickets available from Catherine Bass on 01884 849172,, or online at or at Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS, Tel Box Office 01392-667080 or buy on the door
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