ReRenaissance Festival 2023 — Triumphant Procession Gala Concert

Saturday, 23 September

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.
The cycle of pictures entitled “Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian” still impresses today. A gigantic series of around 150 woodcuts, lined up in a row, presents the emperor’s court in review before the viewer’s eyes. For planning, sketches, and the final printing blocks, Maximilian enlisted the greatest artists of the time, including Albrecht Dürer, under whose pen and engraving a grandiose propaganda image was created. It shows a procession of the members of the court on foot, on horseback and in wagons, among them in a prominent place the court orchestra—the trumpeters of the emperor, the “Pfiffer und Prosoner” of the Alta Cappella, the “Canterey” under the direction of Heinrich Isaac himself, the wagons with the lutes, great violins, transverse flutes, tines and organs, the latter played by the skillful fingers of the famous Paul Hofhaimer.
ReRenaissance brings together the musicians of Basel’s Renaissance hotspot at the festival, uniting them in a magnificent gala concert that musically brings the processional floats of the Triumphal Procession to life on the large stage of the Martinskirche. Between fanfare blasts, Alta Cappella (the loud brass) and Bassa Cappella (the softer notes) alternate. All textures are heard in the secular songs, motets, and dance movements: from solo performance, purely vocal groups to grandiose tutti scoring.
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.


Martinskirchplatz 4
4051 Basel

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