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



Canti C

In the labyrinth of revolution
Sun 26.02.23 Intro 17:45 Concert 18:15

Basel Historical Museum


Songs without words

The mystery of a textless chansonnier (c1473)
Sun 26.03.23 Intro 17:30 Concert 18:15

Historical Museum Basel


Dialogue of the keys II

Ammerbach with double m (and singing)
Sun 30.04.23 Theme 17:45 Concert 18:15


All in a Garden Green

Melodies to dance along ... or listen and look
Sun 28.05.23 afternoon

Place still open


The donkey crown

Animals & Creatures invite to the finissage
Sun 25.06.23 Theme 17:45 Concert 18:15


Biennale ReRenaissance 2023

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

Historical Museum Basel