AMBROSIAN LITURGICAL MANUSCRIPTS

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, room 2-3

September 5 – October 22, 2017

Exhibition included in the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana entrance fee

Among the cultural and spiritual treasures of Lombardy, one of the most significant is the Ambrosian rite, which is associated with a specific musical repertoire: the Ambrosian chant. It is the only archaic liturgical repertoire still in use today. Developed over many centuries thanks to contributions from the East and the West, from the Mediterranean world and from Rome itself, it includes melodies considered among the oldest examples of Western music. In recent decades, the Ambrosian chant has been studied and performed in the world, but not properly valued in its native territory.

With the aim of enhancing this important heritage, from September 5 to October 22, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana displays seventeen Ambrosian liturgical codices from its collection: with a single ticket it is possible to visit the Pinacoteca and admire seventeen extraordinary manuscripts, some of which are displayed for the first time.

The exhibition is one of the main initiatives associated with the international conference IL CANTO AMBROSIANO: UN PATRIMONIO DELLA LOMBARDIA which opens on Friday 8 September at 9 am at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana (Piazza Pio XI, 2), where musicologists from all over the world will deepen the history and characteristics of the Ambrosian chant. At 18, in the Church of San Sepolcro (located in the homonymous square) hosts the celebration in the ancient rite of the Vespers of the Nativity of Mary, sung by the Swiss group More Antiquo, directed by Giovanni Conti. The conference continues on Saturday 9 at the Faculty of Theology of Lugano. The culminating event is again in Milan: on Sunday, September 10 at 12.15, the Ensemble Organum, vocal group directed by Marcel Pérès, will sing a solemn Mass in Latin celebrated in the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio.

Two other significant initiatives complete the program: on Friday 15th September and Friday 22nd, at 5pm and 6pm, guided tours to the Library of the Metropolitan Chapter (Piazza Duomo 16), the oldest library in Milan: a unique opportunity to see some of the treasures here preserved (booking necessary: or email )

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