Forty-Part Motet, 2001
The Toronto Consort
Janet Cardiff - Grindrod, Canada
19 - Trinity-St. Paul's Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts
427 Bloor Street West
Winner of the Millennium Prize 2001, the publicly and critically acclaimed Forty-Part Motet by Canadian
artist Janet Cardiff is a brilliant sound sculpture, a reworking of Spem in alium by the 16th-century
English composer Thomas Tallis.
40 separately-recorded choir voices are played back through 40 speakers positioned around the large
gymnasium at the Trinity-St. Paul's Centre.
The effect of the work on visitors is deeply moving, earning it a popularity rarely encountered by
contemporary art. "Most people experience this piece now in their living rooms in front of only
two speakers," says Janet Cardiff. "I wanted to be able to climb inside the music."
Forty-Part Motet is produced here as part of the celebrations marking the 40th Anniversary of The
Toronto Consort, Canada's leading ensemble performing the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Janet Cardiff is one of Canada's most important artists. Her extraordinary sound installations have
been shown across Canada and around the world.