Maximilian’s Songs

Triumph 1; Ensemble Leones
Fri 22.09.23 (18:00) (18:45) Concert 19:30

Historical Museum Basel

Graz edition

Maximilian's Songs


n 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 6 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.


Tessa Roos, Ivo Haun, Raitis Grigalis, Jacob Lawrence and Jan Kuhar – voice

Baptiste Romain – fiddle, rebec

Caroline Ritchie, Elizabeth Rumsey – Renaissance gamba

Marc Lewon – lute, Renaissance gamba; direction

18:00 Historical Sword Play (Wandrille Duchemin & David Trunz) accompanied by Renaissance flute and drum (Holly Scarborough & Philipp Wingeier)
Fasnachtsgasse (at the Barfüsserkirche)

18:45 Background lecture with Dr. Nicole Schwindt: “World premieres: New song settings from Maximilian’s last years of life” (in German)

Link Festival Overview


Konzert 1 Festival

Maximilians Lieder; Festival 2023 «Musik und Macht» Barfüsserkirche HMB, Basel, 22.9.2023
(Thumbnail nach Triumphzug, 1515, koloriert 1726; Universitätsbibliothek Graz)
Mit Dank an Swisslos-Fonds Basel-Stadt; Sulger-Stiftung; Fondation Philanthropique Famille Sandoz; WaliDad-Stiftung; Fondazione Willy Brauchli; Sophie und Karl Binding Stiftung




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