Janet Cardiff

The Forty Part Motet

The Forty Part Motet (2001) is a sound installation by leading Canadian artist Janet Cardiff.

The installation features a reworking of the forty-part motet Spem in alium numquam habui by English composer Thomas Tallis. Translated as In No Other Is My Hope the work is perhaps Tallis' most famous composition.

Consisting of forty high-fidelity speakers positioned on stands in a large oval configuration the work will play continuously. Visitors are encouraged to walk among the loudspeakers and hear the individual unaccompanied voices as well as the polyphonic choral effect of the combined singers in an immersive experience.

In this setting The Forty Part Motet will be nothing short of glorious.

This exhibition is located on the second floor of the Aula Maxima, which unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible.