Renaissance Music

Many concerts are advertised on posters around town, so I take a picture of the information and look it up online when I get home. Turns out that many of them cost at least 30 CHF, and considering that I don’t know enough about the group to spend over $63 for 90 minutes of concert, we tend to skip them.

However, one of the violinists in the Orchesterverein Wiedikon (where I play) is also in a choir which specializes in Renaissance and Baroque music. He sent out an email with the concert dates and that all important phrase: Eintritt Frei (Free Entry).

Not only did we get a free concert, but we got to go into another church in town – the Augustinerkirche. The gothic church was built in 1270, but after the Reformation it was used as a coin workshop for 300 years. The nearby square is called Münzplatz reflects that use. It is now, once again, a Catholic church.

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The choir (colla voce) made up of current and former students at the University of Zürich and the ETH, performed three works by the Renaissance composer Tomás Luis de Victoria. I think that the best place to hear this kind of music is in such a church as this with live acoustics and an austere setting.

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