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Early music in Innsbruck
When it comes to early music, Innsbruck is a veritable hotspot. Throughout the year, a wide range of events present the many facets of Baroque and Renaissance music. The most beautiful buildings in Innsbruck and surrounding holiday villages provide the venues for various ensemble and orchestral performances. These include Ambras Castle, the Hofburg imperial palace and the Stift Wilten monastery.
The many facets of Baroque and Renaissance music
Virtuoso organ pieces, Baroque operas, sacred music, masses and concerts are on the programme. The ensembles, choirs and soloists come not only from Tyrol, but from all over the world. Even the children of Innsbruck are represented in the form of the Wilten Boys’ Choir and the Puellae Wilthinensis Girls’ Choir. Innsbruck’s programme of early music comprises both individual performances and event series, such as Musica Sacra Wilthinensis, ORGELfest, Osterfestival Tirol, musik+ and several others. The absolute highlight of the annual programme is the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music that takes place every summer.
Innsbruck – a city with a history steeped in music
The fact that early music is still very much celebrated in Innsbruck is a result of the city’s creative history. The greatest composers of their eras spent time here in Innsbruck entertaining the Habsburgs and noble society. Instrument makers of world renown were also resident here. Everyone has heard of the violin-making dynasty Stradivari. But what about Jacob Stainer? He lived in a small village near Innsbruck and created highly coveted stringed instruments. His violins often commanded higher prices that those of his famous Italian competitor.