Swiss Alpine Music

This content was published on June 22, 2006 minutes

Nobody can stake a claim on the art form of Swiss alpine music, which nowadays is both preserved and enhanced. Some yodelers and alphorn players look to their roots and choose to sound as "authentic" as possible. Others have tried to move this music forward: yodelers in traditional costume; rock musicians who have grafted this home-grown sound onto their Anglo-American musical tree; and jazz musicians who have uncovered exciting material in old melodies. This "folk music" has also been a source of inspiration for classical composers such as Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms, just as it has been for contemporary pop musicians and the musical avant-garde.

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