Academy of Ancient Music puts Vermeer to music at the National Gallery

April 24th, 2013

drawn for the AAMM website:

Vermeer, Johannes	A Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman ('The Music Lesson'). c.1662-1665. Oil on canvas, 73.3 x 64.5 cm.

The Academy of Ancient Music has announced it will be will be Resident Ensemble at the London National Gallery this summer and will perform at the Gallery on the hour, every hour on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in conjunction with the exhibition Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure, which runs from 26 June to 8 September. The AAM will perform within the exhibition space itself, enhancing viewers’ appreciation of the art and recreating the sociable and informal atmosphere for which much of the music was written. A wide range of range of chamber and solo works, including music by Netherlandish composers such as Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck, Willem de Fesch and Johannes Florentius a Kempis, will be performed.

The AAM’s discography comprises over over 300 CDs features Brit- and Grammy-Award-winning recordings of masterworks from Purcell to Mozart and from Bach to Beethoven. The ensemble’s aim is to energize baroque and classical music returning to the style and spirit in which this music was first performed on old instruments—flutes made out of wood, trumpets without valves, strings woven from gut.

The exhibition will feature paintings by Johannes Vermeer, including the gallery’s A Lady Standing at a Virginal, A Lady Seated at a Virginal, The Guitar Player and the magnificent Music Lesson.

Click here for exhibition press release.

3 Responses to “Academy of Ancient Music puts Vermeer to music at the National Gallery”

  1. ooms

    I am happy to learn that the four paintings are there

  2. Jonathan Janson

    Particualry intersting is the Guitar Player which is very poorly lit when it is at home the Kenwood House.

  3. ooms

    What an exhibition!
    and also

    I have a already seen these 5 Vermeer but I am very glad to see them again and with the music. I love the guitar player. They are very nicely displayed , I prefer this exhibition than the one of Roma in the Scuderia

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