De Monte forgotten


Graindelavoix has received international acclaim for its interpretations of music by composers including Johannes Ockeghem and Carlo Gesualdo. Especially for Lunalia, the ensemble’s artistic leader, Björn Schmelzer, has got his teeth into the music of Philippus de Monte. This search has been given the apt title Forgetting De Monte. Or: the trials, tribulations and failures of the last of the polyphonists. French chansons, seven-part madrigals or the Kyrie from the Missa ad te levaviSchmelzer and his singers lift the veil of oblivion that surrounds De Monte. There are also two madrigals on the programme from the fourteenth madrigal book for five voices, dating from 1590. This book has only been preserved in its entirety in Mechelen. A rediscovery in the true sense of the word.

The concert film with introduction by Björn Schmelzer can be viewed on this page at 8pm on Friday evening 20/08 and Saturday evening 21/08.


Björn Schmelzer - artistic leader
Florencia Menconi - soprano
Teodora Tommasi - soprano
Andrew Hallock - alto
Razek François Bitar - alto
Albert Riera - tenor
Andrés Miravete Fernández - tenor
Marius Peterson - tenor
Arnout Malfliet - bass

Philippe Malfeyt - ceterone
Lukas Henning - lute
Lluís Coll i Trulls - cornetto


60% revolutionary
40% rediscovery

Cultuurcentrum Mechelen
Muziekcentrum De Bijloke

Download the programme here

Forgetting De Monte, a concert programme by Graindelavoix and Björn Schmelzer and concert film by Felipe Pipi, with assistance from Tijmen De Vries and music recording by Alex Fostier.

Film recording at De Bijloke, to be viewed via at 20/08 & 21/08 at 8pm.

Concert film to be viewed via Muziekcentrum De Bijloke at June 19 at 8pm
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Listen to the playlist of this concert here: