Yodeling as an Essential Part of Swiss Culture

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Yodeling is an essential part of alpine culture. This impressive way of singing was developed in 19 century as the way of communication among mountain villagers who used to make sounds to bring cows from one hill to another. Today yodeling is a traditional music Switzerland, which is annually praised during numerous festivals. The closest one is supposed to be on 22-24 June in Schötz.

Yodel is the manner of singing when a musician pronounces only sounds without text rapidly changing high falsetto with low-chest voice.

The word “yodeling” actually originates from the German “jodeln”. In 19th century this alpine rural music became popular as entertainment in concert halls. It is said that its prototype appeared first in Africa 10,000-years-ago.

Today there are more than 2,000 musical compositions about the mountains, nature and home. Most of them are performed in German, but there are also some in French. These songs are usually accompanied by a “Schwyzerörgeli” (Swiss accordion). Yodling as a part of Swiss culture is promoted by Swiss Yodeling Association which was founded in 1910.

The first official National Yodeling Festival was held in Bern in 1924. Since then the best yodelers perform songs annually at Jodler Fest. In 2018 it is going to be held in Schötz on 22-24 June.

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