Two outstanding sources for the musical life in Swiss religious institutions are the focus of the present project. In 1696 the then provisional kapellmeister of the canon fathers of St. Michael in Beromünster, Bernhard Späni, started an inventory of the musical sources belonging to the collegiate church, the so-called ‘Bonus ordo’. The ‘kirchenmusikalische Aufzeichnungen’ (or ‘Kapellmeisterbuch’) in Einsiedeln relate as a sort of log book every single performance of music at feast-days in the Benedictine abbey church of Einsiedeln between 1805 and 1884. The existence of these two single most extensive sources on the repertoire and the liturgical use of music in Switzerland has been known to the scientific community for some time. However, no specific study has been dedicated to them, nor has any portion ever been edited.
The project foresees at first an investigation of the context of the two sources through archival work. This will be followed by the transcription of the two manuscripts. On the basis of the collected data, the research team will proceed to a study of the repertoire and of its transmission. The results will be published in two cross-indexed, web-based documents.
For more than a hundred years the Institute for musicology of Fribourg University has been a world-famous centre for research in the field of Catholic sacred music. This important tradition has been recently emphasized with the research project “Musique des monastères suisses / Musik in Schweizer Klöstern” (SNF-project no. 109657). The present project, though it pertains to the same field of studies, focuses instead not on the musical text, but on the context for the use of music in two important Swiss religious institutions.