The Bells of Lucerne

Peter Conradin Zumthor

“Luzerner Glocken – con sordino”

Tue, 18.08. | 20.30

Jesuitenkirche, Peterskapelle, Matthäuskirche, Hofkirche St. Leodegar

Free admission


Registration (required) starts 13 July.

Life Is Live

14.08.-23.08. 2020

 

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    18.

    Aug

    Tuesday
    20.30

    Jesuitenkirche, Peterskapelle, Matthäuskirche, Hofkirche St. Leodegar

    The Bells of Lucerne

    Peter Conradin Zumthor

    Peter Conradin Zumthor
    Luzerner Glocken – con sordino for 17 Lucerne church bells

    A sound installation in public space

    Meeting Point and Starting Time:
    Jesuitenkirche | 20.30
    with a short introduction by Peter Conradin Zumthor
     

    They are Lucerne’s largest instruments and shape the city’s sound: the many magnificent church bells. And so the Swiss drummer and composer Peter Conradin Zumthor has chosen them as the main protagonists of a special sound installation that he has developed especially for “Live Is Life.” The 75-minute performance invites you to take an evening walk through the city from the Jesuitenkirche, Peterskapelle, and Matthäuskirche to the Hofkirche St. Leodegar. Zumthor will transform the sounds of the 17 bells of these four churches by covering their clappers with various materials. “For me, one of the most beautiful things about church bells is the way they resonate at the end. What vibrates and fades away in the air after they strike contains a mysterious magic. We try to approximate the impossible: no striking, just the final resonance. The familiar sound of a bell takes on a different character, unfolds a new beauty, as if wafted from afar.” And it is connected with the sounds of the city, where life has returned after weeks of coronavirus-caused closure.

    With the friendly support of Pro Helvetia, Arts Council of Switzerland

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