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Swiss Folk Music – Traditional Dances (MH 10/1972)


Traditional Dances - some folk dances, dating centuries back, are still preserved in their original form in Switzerland.

But new folk dance melodies continue to be added by musicians who write in a truly popular vein. This is perhaps why Swiss folk music is still very much alive today. In the preservation and further development of Swiss folk dance music the most stimulating force have always been the musicians themselves.

Musical content

1. Oberbaselbieter Country Band: Der alt Ländler
2. Members of the Collegium Musicum Basel: La Folie à la Mode – Fashion Crazy
(Trad., arr. C. Ganter / A.E. Kaiser)
Maria Suter, violin. Ursula Zeugin, flute. Alain Delmotte, oboe. Albert E. Kaiser, harpischord
3. Original Appenzell String Band: Schlüfmasollke – Sliding Mazurka
4. Zoge-n-am-Boge Ländler Quartet: Mistträppeler Mazurka
Thomas Marthaler and Emil Wydler, clarinets; Josias Jenny, Schwyzerörgeli; Fritz Jakob, string bass
5. Musique du Vieux Champéry: La Pittoresque
6. Fränzli-Musik of Chur: Il sot de la quatter pera – The Dance of the Four Couples
(Trad., arr. Oscar Tschuor)
7. Buochser Neunermusik: Vögelischottisch – Schottisch of the Little Birds
(Trad., arr. J. Kündig)
8. Bruederholz Boys’ Country Band: Meitschi, putz di – Make Yourself Pretty, My Girl, Polka
(Trad., arr. Guido Cova)
9. L’Orchestre du Dézaley: La Valse d’Yverdon
(Edmond Davall)
Lilou Michel, accordion; Yolande Favez, flute; Roger Favez, clarinet; Gustave Favez, string bass
10. Bandella Tremonese: I tre re – The Three Kings
11. Zoge-n-am-Boge Ländler Quartet: Hirschegräbler
(Hans Flury)
Thomas Marthaler and Emil Wydler, clarinets; Josias Jenny, Schwyzerörgeli; Alfred Jaggi, string bass

Production information

Musica Helvetica MH 10. Swiss Folk Music. Traditional Dances. Produced 1972/1981 for SBC / SRI by Lance Tschannen.

Background information

Switzerland is a small alpine nation shaped and influenced by great cultural cross-currents that have swept through Europe over centuries. Out of elements of diversity, the people of this country have forged a distinctly Swiss identity. And music is one of its most eloquent expressions. “Musica Helvetica” explores different facets of music in Switzerland from its earliest beginnings to the latest works of modern Swiss composers, from folk music to rock and jazz. This historical series span the years 1973 to 1998. These recordings are not available.

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