ReRenaissance Festival 2023 — Pfyffer & Prosoner
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.
Ludwig Senfl was born around 1490 in Basel or Zürich and is rightly considered the most famous Renaissance composer in Switzerland. This program presents the variety of styles and genres in which he composed. His tenor songs range from the pensive “Patientiam” to the exuberant “Oho, so geb der Mann ein Pfenning.” Senfl kept his opinions on the Reformation under wraps and wrote for both Catholics and Protestants. He was so confident of his compositional abilities that he ventured to write an updated and expanded version of Josquin’s famous “Ave Maria … virgo serena.” At the same time, he dedicated his modest but impeccably crafted “Non moriar, sed vivam” (Not to die, but to live I wish) to Martin Luther, even though he was officially working for the Catholic court in Munich at the time. Senfl’s versatility is underlined by the wind instrumentation of “I Fedeli,” which consists of cornett, shawm, trombone, and dulcian, and together with the spinet and the famous tenor Jacob Lawrence, presents Senfl’s works in all their shades.
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.