Traditional Swiss Folklore Music
Though the roots of traditional Swiss folklore music are a little older its typical styles were defined in the 19th century and some of the typical instruments used today were not known in Switzerland before 1800.
Ancient Traditions of Alpine Herdsmen
Among the older traditions developed by the alpine herdsmen the following three must be mentioned here:
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There are numerous amateur brass bands especially in central Switzerland. They are playing all sorts of brass band music (arranged classical music, marches, swing and modern compositions for brass bands).
While ländler bands are usually small (three to five members) and often from the same family or just friends, Swiss brass bands are much larger, formally organized with written articles of association and they do have their specific uniforms and flags.
Free sunday morning concert in Lucerne
(regional amateur brass band)
So the military roots of brass band music can still be seen. Besides, brass band music is still being furthered by the Swiss Army and there is an official Swiss Army Brass Band consisting of professional and semi-professional musicians serving as reservists in the army.
Originally, the German term Schlager is a literal translation of the english word hit. Since the advent of modern rock and pop music in the late 1950's it is increasingly being used in all major German speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) to denote simple lovesongs in German language based on more traditional or only slightly modernized style, as opposed to pop and rock bands using international mainstream styles and often English language (though there is also a lively scene of rock bands singing in Swiss German dialect).A few well known Swiss schlager singers are: