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Janet Cardiff, The Forty Part Motet At Fort Mason Center For Arts & Culture

Presented By

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture & San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


In 2015, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art co-presented the California debut of Janet Cardiff’s immersive sound installation The Forty Part Motet. The Forty Part Motet is a 40-part choral performance of English composer, Thomas Tallis’s 16th-century composition Spem in Alium, sung by the Salisbury Cathedral Choir. The performance is played in a 14-minute loop that includes 11 minutes of singing and three minutes of intermission.