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Janet Cardiff Canadian, 1957
40-track audio installation installation dimensions variable Purchased 2001
National Gallery of Canada (no. 40634.1-40)
A reworking of "Spem in Alium" (1575) by Thomas Tallis. The forty voices are grouped into eight choirs of five voices. Each voice was recorded separately and is played back through a single loudspeaker. The piece was recorded by the Salisbury Cathedral Choir, and was originally commissioned by the Salisbury Festival.