The Peterhouse partbooks were copied for Canterbury Cathedral circa 1540, and contain 50 works not found elsewhere. Hear a talk given by the leading expert on the books, and a concert by the renowned American vocal ensemble Blue Heron -- which has been engaged with this source for nearly 20 years, and has recorded five CDs of Peterhouse music -- in its London debut, as part of its first UK tour. Blue Heron's program will include works of Hugh Aston, Robert Jones, and other nearly-forgotten but brilliant composers of the early 16th century. Preceding the performance will be a talk by Nick Sandon, the world's leading expert on the partbooks. On display in the Great Hall will be early books and manuscripts relevant to the music and the tumultuous period in which the partbooks came into being. The music comes entirely from a set of partbooks copied for Canterbury Cathedral circa 1540 and now housed at Peterhouse Cambridge. This set of partbooks is the largest extant source of pre-Reformation polyphony in England, containing about 50 works not found in any other source. The tragic loss of one of the partbooks (the Tenor) several centuries ago caused the music in this source to be badly neglected. But, musicologist and composer Nick Sandon has made it his life's work to reconstruct the missing parts for every work, and he has done so brilliantly; his work has in turn allowed Blue Heron to record and release a 5-CD set of world premiere recordings, a set recently called "one of the most important early choral projects of our time" (D. James Ross, Early Music Review). Prof. Sandon will give a short talk about the significance of the partbooks beginning at 3 PM, which will be followed by Blue Heron's performance. Founded in 1999, and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the vocal ensemble Blue Heron has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as "one of the Boston music community's indispensables" and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for the "expressive intensity" of its interpretations. Lambeth Palace Library is the historic library and record office of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the principal repository of the documentary history of the Church of England. Its collections have been freely available for research since 1610.
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