CLEFNI goes on!

Despite the coronavirus, CLEFNI’s work continues, but at home.

Early March the first milestone of the project has been achieved: data collection regarding the choral life in Bern has been completed. The next phase would be the collection of data in archives of choral societies in Fribourg. However, this task had to be postponed, since all archives and libraries are closed. CLEFNI’s researcher is, therefore, using this period of isolation to read the many books, articles, and documents that she has been collecting!

Here are two documents of the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of the founding of the city of Bern in 1891.

Firstly, the front page of the score of the “Dramatisches Festspiel” composed by Carl Munzinger for the occasion. Around 800 persons took part in the performance of this Festspiel, including several choral societies of the city and the canton Bern.

Secondly, the book cover of the official album with drawings of the historical parade, which took place as part of the festivities.

Are you curious to know what’s in this album? Take a look at the digitalised version provided by the Swiss National Library.