ReRenaissance Festival 2023 — Maximilian’s Songs
The triumphal procession of Emperor Maximilian is an art-historical monument of superlatives—with the huge picture frieze, Maximilian commissioned a project around 1510 that eclipsed all previous ones. ReRenaissance takes this pictorial document as the theme for their first Biennale Festival. On three consecutive days, from September 22 to 24, more than 50 musicians will bring to life the musical splendor of the imperial court under Maximilian I.
In 1517, the printer Peter Schöffer published his masterpiece: a collection of partbooks of 36 German songs, worthy of Petrucci in their careful attention to detail and beauty and with a precise text underlay of all stanzas in all voices. For centuries, this print was lost, until the discantus partbook reappeared in the 19th century. It was not until 1984 that individual pages of the tenor partbook surprisingly appeared in the cover of another work from Maximilian’s propaganda projects. Finally, in September 2020, the two missing partbooks (altus and bassus) were handed over to the Munich State Library: in one fell swoop, 13 of the previously incomplete songs could be reconstructed, including six unica, previously completely unknown pieces.
Ensemble Leones presents this long-lost music with singers and instruments, representing the pinnacle of the art of song at the court of Emperor Maximilian. Their program includes works by great names such as court organist Paul Hofhaimer and the young Ludwig Senfl, as well as anonymous compositions of the highest quality from the court chapel.
Tickets are CHF 25-40, half price for youths under age 26, and free for kids under age 16. Festival passes for all concerts are CHF 130-200.
Historisches Museum Basel - Barfüsserkirche