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The Development of a Swiss Musical Identity

A genuine Swiss music emerged relatively late in European musical history. The four composers presented in this programme, Emile Jacques-Dalcroze, Othmar Schoeck, Hermann Suter and Hans Huber, were all born in the second half of the 19th century.

This content was published on November 30, 2011 - 15:09

Their works, in contrast to those of earlier Swiss composers, began to be phrased for the first time in a distinctly "Swiss" musical language. Their creators were spokesmen of the new feeling of national consciousness following the adoption of Switzerland's Federal Constitution in 1848.


Musical content:

1. Emile Jacques-Dalcroze: Six Rythmes de Danse (excerpt for String Quartet)

2. Emile Jacques-Dalcroze: Rythmes de Danse, No. 9

3. Othmar Schoeck: Das bescheidene Wünschlein (Carl Spitteler, text)

4. Othmar Schoeck: Conclusion from Notturno

5. Hermann Suter: Il Vivace from Sextet in C major for String Instruments

6. Hans Huber: Legend from Winter Nights


Production information:

Musica Helvetica 2. The Development of a Swiss Musical Identity. Produced 1972 for SBC / SRI by Lance Tschannen and Nicolas Lombard.

The Development of a Swiss Musical Identity

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