Bauernkapellen 1825-1925


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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 impetus. Ensembles featuring clarinets and brass instruments became common, people spoke of “Füfer-, Sibner-” and “Niinermusig” (thus “five-part, seven-part, nine-part bands”), and in many a village, wind bands were formed. In Hanny Christen’s collection of photos, brass instruments can be seen in many of them. The present recording contains pieces from different eras and repertoires. Three dances are from the repertoire of the Harmoniemusik Teufen (the Teufen Wind Band, notated in 1825), eleven are by Ferdinand Lötscher (ca 1875) and six are from the repertoire of the “Schänner Füfermusig” (Alfred Fäh, 1920). The “Bürgenstock-Polka” was arranged by Herbert Kistler, who plays flugelhorn with us; it is a more recent “hit” from the ländler music scene.


Ferdinand Lötscher; Alfred Fäh.


eifachs.ch: Florian Walser, Klarinette; Heinz Saurer, Trompete/Cornet; Herbert Kistler, Flügelhorn; Christoph Hertig, Es-Althorn; Thomas Rüedi, Euphonium; Karl Schimke, Tuba.

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