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Swiss Alpine Prayer. Bättruef. Alpsegen.

Bättruef (CD Zytglogge)


The 'Bättruef' (prayer call), an old herdmen's prayer, can be documented back to 450 years in the Catholic alpine areas of German-speaking Switzerland. It is considered to be the oldest form of Swiss traditional music that has remained, in principle, intact and is still sung today. This unaccompanied men's song for one voice is shouted through a wooden milk funnel every evening throughout the Alpine summer season.


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