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Swiss Folk Music – Traditional Songs (MH 9/1972)


Swiss folklore contains a wealth of traditional songs of a more conventional nature in the country's various languages and dialects.

To many people throughout the world, folk singing in Switzerland is synonymous with yodeling. But in addition to this unusual style of singing, practised mostley in the German-speaking part of the country, Swiss folklore contains a wealth of traditional songs of a more conventional nature in the country’s various languages and dialects.

Musical content

1. Trudi Abächerli-Ruedi Rymann Yodel-Duo: Mis Flüehalp
(R. Rymann)
2. Sepp Trütsch-Max Weilenmann: Luegit vo Bärgen und Tal
(F. Huber, arr. M. Weilenmann)
Sepp Trütsch, yodeling; Max Weilenmann, schwyzerörgeli
3. La Chanson du Lac: Ronde villageoise
(J. Bovet)
La Chanson du Lac mixed choir from Courtepin
4. Canterini del Ceresio: La Girumeta
(Trad., arr. I. Nodari)
Canterini del Ceresio mixed choir, Gentilino-Lugano
5. Cla Biert: La Storta da Crusch
Cla Biert, vocal
6. Hans-Peter Treichler-Urs Böschenstein: Strampedemi (16th century Swiss mercenaries’s song)
(Trad., arr. H.P. Treichler/U. Böschenstein)
Hans-Peter Treichler and Urs Böschenstein, vocals
7. Zihlmann Family Yodel Group: Der Chüjerstamme (ancient German-Swiss herdsmen’s song)
(Trad., arr. S. and T. Zihlmann)
Zihlmann Family Yodel Group
8. Les Armaillis de la Gruyère Choir: Ranz des Vaches (Gathering of the Cows)
(Trad., arr. J. Bovet)
Les Armaillis de la Gruyère choir
9. Bernese Choir of the Blind: Altes Guggisbergerlied (Old love ballad)
(Trad., arr. A. Oetiker)
Bernese Choir of the Blind
10. Men’s Choir of Bern: O mein Heimatland (O My Homeland)
(W. Baumgartner/G. Keller)
Men’s Choir of Berne

Production information

Musica Helvetica MH 9. Swiss Folk Music. Traditional Songs. 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 1972 to 1998. These recordings are not available.

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