Sounding Illuminations: The Music of the Manuscripts
Lecture by Richard Porterfield
Given at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during their exhibition Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500, on March 22, 2009
This performance and lecture, which took place on Sunday, March 22, 2009, draws the listener into the ethereal world of medieval 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. He also discusses the relationship of medieval musical notation to illustration, text, and ritual.