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Songs and Dances of Switzerland

Various Artists
Songs and Dances of Switzerland

Recorded by Laura Boulton in 1953, this compilation brings together an array of traditional Swiss music featuring "Folk Dances, village orchestras, yodeling, choruses, hackbrett, alpine horn and Bell-tree." The songs are recorded live and capture a fun spirit with occasional audience noises such as laughter or the stomping feet of the dancing performers that adds additional rhythmic depth to the songs. Especially interesting and beautiful is the mountain call, performed on the alpine horn to call in the cattle. Boutlon describes the horn playing as having to be in harmony with the mountain echo. Liner notes include an introduction to Swiss music by Laura Boulton along with song lyrics (in French, German and English) and photos.

Track Listing

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101
Alpine Yodel n/a 0:44
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102
En Revenant de Noces (Love Song) Vieux Pays Orchestra 1:19
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103
Faisons a Petite Pas (Dance Song) Chanson Valaisan 1:36
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104
Es Burebuebli - The Farmer Boy (Folk Song) Bern-Oberland Dialect n/a 2:05
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105
Am Samstig Nacht (Love Song) n/a 2:02
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106
Alpenleben (Alp Song) n/a 2:35
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107
Song of the Senn n/a 1:30
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201
Mountain Call n/a 1:51
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202
March n/a 1:03
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203
Pair Dance Vieux Pays Orchestra 1:03
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204
Dance (Schottische) n/a 2:16
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205
Dance (Landler Type) n/a 1:56
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206
Dance - Seven Steps n/a 2:03
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207
Dance (Mazurka) n/a 2:17
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208
Mountain Call n/a 1:25
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