Landstreichmusik

Landstreichmusik

Altfrentsch unterwegs

Dancing is forbidden to both locals and visitors on Sundays and feast days, with Alpstubeten being excepted (“Appenzeller Volksfreund”, 6 July 1887) The history of Appenzell folk music was determined in large part by the Tradition of the “Alpstubeten”. These were originally convivial gatherings of dairy farmers as a means of diversion from their hard work in the summer, up in the Alps. “Z St...

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Alpentöne

Alpentöne

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival '03

Alpentöne (Sounds of the Alps) is one of the most individual, most remarkable music festivals held in Switzerland. Since the first festival in 1999, it has been held every two years in Altdorf, and has showcased the best, wittiest and most unconventional musical performances with the cultural heritage of the Alpine region as their theme. Alpentöne '03 commissioned numerous projects in collabora...

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Alpentöne

Alpentöne

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival '05

In every other year since 1999, the festival 'Alpentöne' or 'Sounds of the Alps' has presented music projects from the whole Alpine region that all in some way engage with Alpine traditions. 'Sounds of the Alps' invites musicians from Slovenia, France, Italy, Germany. Austria and Switzerland to participate. The festival presents a folk music far removed from that beloved of the popula...

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Alpentöne

Alpentöne

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival '09

The sounds of the mountains are a source of inspiration to many musicians – sometimes because they lead them back to their own roots, and sometimes because the mountain world is a place of yearning when regarded from the urban life of today’s artists. The international music festival ‘Alpentöne’ (‘Sounds of the Alps’) has every two years since 1999 offered mu...

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Alpentöne

Alpentöne

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival 2011

The music festival "Alpentöne" ("Sounds of the Alpes"), now in its seventh edition, shows once more that the Alps are a region of transitory encounters, more perhaps than any other landscape in Europe. Here, close together, lie the sources of the most important European waterways. Very different ways of life and very different temperaments have come upon each other in the Al...

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Alpentöne

Alpentöne

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival '13

The sounds of the Alps - and the freestanding foundations of tradition: Since 1999, every other year a merry band of music enthusiasts from far and wide has gone on a pilgrimage to the Alps in central Switzerland in order to carry out their musical/spiritual exercises. They know what expects them and that's why they are here. Musicians, audiences and committed supporters come together as a team...

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Alpentöne

Alpentöne

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival '07

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Alpentöne

Alpentöne

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival '15

Besides the masses – who want to keep hearing the same thing over and over again – and the highly educated minority that’s fixated on their own particular, special field, there is clearly also an audience that just likes to listen in to what’s happening, and that takes pleasure in it, both when there’s a rumpus and also in the very quiet moments. Even people with no affinity for old folk music ...

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Alpentöne - Special Limited Edition in edler Holzbox

Alpentöne - Special Limited Edition in edler Holzbox

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival '05

In every other year since 1999, the festival 'Alpentöne' or 'Sounds of the Alps' has presented music projects from the whole Alpine region that all in some way engage with Alpine traditions. 'Sounds of the Alps' invites musicians from Slovenia, France, Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland to participate. The festival presents a folk music far removed from that beloved of the popular Sat...

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Baumann Large Ensemble

Baumann Large Ensemble

Kein schöner Land

No lovelier land - An imaginary Swiss journey. A kind of (absurd) journey through Switzerland leads us through the most varied situations, landscapes and episodes, including veritable nightmares, frosty snowstorms, springtime idylls, water pictures, insights into customs and the love-lives of shepherds and their shepherdesses as well as the disturbances to the latter by militant wandering group...

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Bergtöne

Bergtöne

Sounds from the Mountains

At the World Exposition in Aichi, Switzerland is represented by a 'mountain'. The inside of this 'mountain' provides surprising insights into a country that most Japanese citizens know only as a holiday destination. It is for this programme that the present musical kaleidoscope on CD has been conceived: 'Sounds from the Mountains'. As one would expect, we find here alphorns, yodelling, dulcimer...

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Christoph Baumann & Rurban Music Ensemble

Christoph Baumann & Rurban Music Ensemble

Wysel Remix

No, this is hardly folk music. Nor is it supposed to be. Nevertheless, Wysel Remix has a lot to do with folk music. That is partly because the stage work Wysel was the starting point for this CD, but also because the wandering musicians who perform here mix up the homely sounds of the Alpine landscape in a manner as nonchalant as it is respectful. Whoever turns onto the motorway will ...

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Die Neue Volksmusik

Die Neue Volksmusik

Marksteine Neuer Volksmusik aus der Schweiz

A living folk music is a music that is continually adapting itself to the tastes of the time and of its audiences. In this sense, the “new” folk music is nothing out of the ordinary at all, but something quite natural. Musicians themselves today tend to reject the label of “new folk music”, not least because they don’t want to distinguish themselves from the rest of the folk music scene as som...

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D'Sagemattler

D'Sagemattler

Bauernmusik Unterägeri 1887

Art music is notated complete, and has been handed down in manuscript or published form. Dance music was the common property of the 'Tanzmusigen', the dance bands of the day. On the whole, it was not written down, but just passed down from generation to generation, from one time to the next and from one place to the next. Thank goodness photography already existed back then, so we at least have...

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Duo Andreas Gabriel & Fabian Müller

Duo Andreas Gabriel & Fabian Müller

und die "Helvetic Fiddlers"

One forgotten aspect of our folk music of the 19th century is the use of the violin. On the 250 photos of dance bands that Hanny Christen collected, we see how widely popular the violin used to be. The duo Andreas Gabriel & Fabian Müller endeavours to find their way back to the original playing techniques utilized on Hanny Christen’s field recordings. And with their arrangements, the...

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eifachs.ch

eifachs.ch

Bauernkapellen 1825-1925

Brass instruments in Swiss dance music If our ears are accustomed to the dance music of the past 70 years, then the sounds of cornet, flugelhorn or tenor horn will probably be foreign to us. But many sources prove that brass instruments were popular with musicians in dance bands up to the first half of the 20th century. In 1820, the invention of the valve gave brass instruments an immense imp...

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Fortunat Frölich/Christian Zehnder

Fortunat Frölich/Christian Zehnder

Wetterleuchten

"The idea of integrating overtone singing and yodelling with a classical ensemble had long been a desire of mine. To this day, there is hardly any music of this kind - neither printed nor recorded - and thus time and again we were situated in something akin to uncharted musical waters. Wetterleuchten - "sheet lightning" - is an experiment, a new venture bringing together overtone...

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Geschwister Küng

Geschwister Küng

Nüdallgraaduus

Tradition' is usually understood as the passing-down of knowledge, abilities, customs and conventions, whether in oral or written form. In the case of music, both forms of transmission are relevant, but the transmission of ways of playing or of a feeling for style can hardly be committed to paper. This is what those responsible for the Centre for Appenzell Music at the 'Roothuus' in Gonten...

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Hackbrett und Zithern in der Schweiz

Hackbrett und Zithern in der Schweiz

Historische Aufnahmen

In 1973, the exhibition 'The dulcimer in Switzerland' had already taken place in the Stockalper Chateau in Brig in Canton Valais. It was also documented in the form of a catalogue that was published in the series of publications of the Stockalper Archive, and by a long-playing record that the Ex Libris company brought out in collaboration with Swiss Radio International (SRI, swissinfo). That wa...

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Hanottere

Hanottere

Däichwou - Neue Volksmusik für Hanottere, Zither und andere Raritäten

New folk music for hanottere, zithers and other rarities - The Ensemble Hanottere was founded in 2007 and has already recorded one CD (2009). Lorenz Mühlemann and Thomas Keller are both multi-instrumentalists and between them they have decades of experience in folk music. Both are enthusiastic about old and new Swiss music from the countryside, about folk music from the Alpine regions and about...

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