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Music for the Masses: Contemporary Reimaginings of Masses from Pierre Attaingnant’s Primus Liber

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Reception to follow

Members $30 and Non-members $40

Music for the Masses: Contemporary Reimaginings of Masses from Pierre Attaingnant’s Primus Liber

New England Philharmonic Chamber Players

Join the New England Philharmonic Chamber Players for the world premiere of new music celebrating the Athenæum's recent digitization of Primus liber [septum librorum] viginti missarum, a collection of twenty masses published by Pierre Attaingnant in Paris in 1532.

Primus liber represents Attaingnant’s work in advancing music-printing technology. He developed an efficient single-impression printing system that became the standard in Europe for more than 200 years. The Athenæum’s volume is the only perfectly intact extant example of his masterwork.

In collaboration with the New England Philharmonic, the Boston Athenæum has commissioned Bernard Hoffer and Emily Koh to write new compositions inspired by material from Attaingnant's collection of masses. Principal players of the New England Philharmonic will perform Hoffer's "Musica Sacra" and Koh's "-logos-," along with Hoffer's new transcriptions for chamber octet of selections from Bach's sublime St. Matthew Passion, arranged especially for this performance.

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