Great violin according to Grünewald


“Grünewald’s large violin ”

Basel, 1511: Sebastian Virdung publishes his “Musica getutscht” with descriptions of all kinds of instruments, including the bowed, fretted great violin. Basel, 2021: A gift makes it possible to build a large violin based on a depiction by Matthias Grünewald. Musician and instrument maker Jacob Mariani reconstructs for ReRenaissance the historical instrument based on the Isenheim Altar in Colmar. ReRenaissance is embarking on an experiment: It is still open how the instrument will influence today’s musical practice. To the first
This is the first time this great violin will be heard in a festive program: Opening with secular songs from Grünewald’s youth, religious works from the 1510s and a German motet by the Basel composer Ludwig Senfl follow. The end of Grünewald’s life must have been marked by the advent of the Reformation and the Peasants’ Wars, a time of upheaval that informs the conclusion of the program.

2204 Program Web


Talk with Jacob Mariani, Luthier Grünewald-Grossgeige

To the concert Grünewalds Grossgeige April 2022 EN Subtitle ML
Conversation with Jacob Mariani, luthier of the great violin Video GN

On Grünewald, dreamy viols, and LSD

Vlog April 2022 on “Grünewalds Grossgeige” – Christening of a special instrument for ReRenaissance

Baptism of Grünewald’s great violin

Concert recording April 2022



All in a Garden Green 1

Renaissance Dances to Hear and See
Sun 28.05.23 (no Intro) 18:15 Concert

Historical Museum Basel

All in a Garden Green 2

Country Dances ... Listen, Watch and Dance Along!
Mon 29.05.23 16-19 h incl. Apero

Reithalle Wenkenhof, Riehen


The Donkey’s Crown

Animals & Creatures Invite You to the Finissage
Sun 25.06.23 Intro 17:45 Concert 18:15

Historical Museum Basel


Biennale ReRenaissance 2023

Music and Might - Maximilian's Triumphal Procession
Fri 22.09.23 Grand Opening Concert 19:30

Historical Museum Basel

Maximilian’s Songs

Fri 22.09.23 Intro 18:45 Concert 19:30

Historical Museum Basel

Le Diamante et la Marguerite

Triumph 2
Sat 23.09.23 Intro 14:15 Concert 15:00

Schmiedenhof; Rümelinsplatz, Basel

Maximilian’s triumphal procession

Triumph 3
Sat 23.09.23 Intro 18:45 Concert 19:30

St. Martin's Church
Martinskirchplatz, Basel


Trump 4
Sun 24.09.23 Intro 10:15 Concert 11:00

Martinskirche, Basel

Pfiffer & Prosoner

Trump 5
Sun 24.09.23 Intro 16:15 Concert 17:00

Martinskirche, Basel



The Musical World of Felix Platter
Fri 27.10.23 Intro 17:45 Concert 18:15

Historical Museum Basel


ぐるりよざ Gururiyoza!

Over the Seas with Music
Sun 26.11.23 17.45 Intro 18:15 Concert

Barfüsserkirche Historical Museum Basel