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Forty-Part Motet, 2001

The Toronto Consort
Janet Cardiff - Grindrod, Canada

Forty-Part Motet
Sound Sculpture

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.

Toronto Culture / Soctiabank