Past Event

Music and Art in Renaissance Flanders: The Mechelen Choirbook in Context

May 20, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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A live virtual event
Thursday, May 20, 2021
12:00 - 1:30 pm (New York) | 6:00 -7:30 pm (Brussels)


The Mechelen Choirbook was produced in the workshop of the important Low Countries music-scribe Petrus Alamire in the early sixteenth century, c. 1508-1516, for a member of the ruling Habsburg family. The choirbook is among the most finely illuminated manuscripts by Alamire, and one of the largest that he ever produced. The book is still held in Mechelen, the city where it was made. 

On the occasion of the publication by the Alamire Foundation of a facsimile of the Mechelen Choirbook, panelists will discuss the manuscript from the perspectives of historical musicology, music performance, and art history.


  • David J. Burn, KU Leuven (Former Queen Wilhelmina visiting professor at Columbia, taught in the Department in Spring 2020)
  • Bart Demuyt, Alamire Foundation


  • Anne Margreet As-Vijvers, Illuminare scribendo,
  • Stratton Bull, Alamire Foundation and Cappella Pratensis,
  • Honey Meconi, University of Rochester,
  • Thomas Schmidt, University of Manchester

Welcome Remarks

  • Yves Wantens, General Representative of the Government of Flanders in the United States,
  • Martha Howell, Miriam Champion Professor of History, Columbia University

This event is sponsored by the European Institute and the Studies of the Dutch-speaking World at Columbia University, The Alamire Foundation, & The Delegation of Flanders to the USA