On Friday March 15th I attended a special concert in the context of the Art project Troubles Waters (fourteen art stations of the cross), in the Walon Church, Amsterdam. The Hieronymus Ensemble sang Stabat Mater by Orlando di Lasso (1585). Eight men, they sang beautifully! As with Palestrina’s Stabat Mater the choir is divided into two choirs of four voices. The two choirs (upper and lower voices) alternate in singing a pair of stanzas, until they come together in the closing section in a glorious mixture of eight-part polyphony and antiphonal block harmony. I really loved it.
The Walon Church is the 11th station of the Art Project. Here you see the Salt Water Skin Boats by Erica Grimm.
…Salt Water Skin Boats proposes an analogy between our bodies and the vast ecology of the global ocean: between the life-sustaining, precariously balanced ocean chemistry and the chemistry of our own salt-water-filled bodies. The monk of history would cast himself into the ocean at the mercy of the elements to bring vision and light (Salvation) to wherever and whomever God (Divinity, Holy Spirit) so designed. The coracle had no rudder or anchor. Setting sail was an act of faith, of trust. The ambient soundscape, accessible by QR code and cell phone technology, functions as a living, breathing, sounding entity—the life of the ocean brought into the listener’s awareness. In the last two hundred years, human actions have changed the chemistry of the ocean. We are crucifying the earth… (from www.artstations.org)