Petrus Alamire – New Perspectives on Polyphony

Antwerp, 18-23 August 2015

Organised by the KU Leuven (Department of Musicology), Alamire Foundation (Leuven), AMUZ (Flanders Festival, Antwerp)


In August 2015 the Alamire Foundation, International Centre for the Study of Music in the Low Countries, and the KU Leuven Musicology Dept., will organise an ambitious conference centered on the music scribe Petrus Alamire and his manuscripts. The event will coincide with an extended edition of the early music festival “Laus Polyphoniae” (19 – 30 August) and the opening of a digital exhibition of Alamire’s production in Antwerp Cathedral.

The conference aims to consolidate the most recent research on the manuscripts of the Habsburg-Burgundian Court Complex. Furthermore, with the Alamire manuscripts as focus, the conference aims in particular to link musicological research and performers. For that reason, an invited group of core speakers will include both leading scholars and performers. Additional submissions are also invited on any aspects of the manuscripts, their production, repertory, and relationships with other sources. Themes on which sessions are expected include:

  • Musical contexts (such as the ‘Lof’, confraternities, etc.)
  • Individual manuscripts in the complex
  • Composers represented in the complex
  • Commissioners and recipients
  • Performance practice and performing from the manuscripts
  • Mise-en-page in Alamire and related sources

Proposals may take a variety of formats, including standard scholarly papers (of around 25 minutes in length), workshops, and round-tables.


Herbert Kellman (University of Illinois, US)
Paul Van Nevel (Huelgas Ensemble, Belgium)


Registration, covering conference materials, light refreshments, admission to the opening of the Petrus Alamire Exhibition (Tue, 18 August 2015), the opening concert of Laus Polyphoniae (Wed, 19 August 2015), the Lecture-Performances (on each conference day) and the closing walking lunch (on Sun, 23 August), will be € 200. (Registration date will be announced later on). Students € 80; Day Fee € 50.

Abstracts should be sent to Klaartje Proesmans (, before 15 December 2014.

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