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A Swiss Yodelling Series: "Juuzli" of the Muotatal, (evideo)

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A Swiss Yodelling Series: "Juuzli" of the Muotatal
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A Swiss Yodelling Series: "Juuzli" of the Muotatal
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These four films present a variant of an alpine singing type characterized by the swift alternation from chest voice to head voice, known since the nineteenth century under the German name of "yodel." In the Swiss German dialect of the Muotatal, a small valley in the Pre-Alps of central Switzerland, the local version of yodels is called Juuz (pronounced "yootz"), or in its diminutive form Juuzli. Traditional yootzing is characterized by a specific local voice technique performed in the context of work and socializing, in contrast to yodelling at stage performances by singers whose voices are trained according to the esthetic of the Swiss Yodelling Association. Yootzing and Yodelling (color, 49 min, 1987) Performances of the local musical tradition and the official folklore are shown in their social contexts. We can see on the one hand peasant activities such as mowing, transporting wooden logs, milking and calling cattle, as well as people sitting together at home or in the local inn and on the other hand, a folk festival featuring wrestling and alphorn playing and the yearly concert of the local yodel choir. Singers of both styles discuss the differences between their practices. Head Voice, Chest Voice (color, 23 min, 1987) Innovative graphic animations with sync sound visualize the features of both musical structure and performance technique related not only to traditional local voice characteristics but also to the polished yodelling of a renowned soloist performing at yodel festivals. The film also shows the connections with instrumental music, such as the small alphorn and the diatonic accordion. This documentary is a very rare example of elements of musical structure and performance being explained through visual means (another example is the filmmaker's The Song of Harmonics). The Wedding of Susanna and Josef (color, 25 min, 1986) Four manners of yodelling and yootzing take place on the same day. The "Yodel Mass", written in Swiss German dialect by the composer Jost Marty, is conducted by the director of the yodel choir in the church organ loft. Following that is a traditional local yootz arranged for the yodel choir "ÔÇ_also performed in the church as a Bach choral would be "ÔÇ_which, in a way, makes the profane become sacred. At dinner in a restaurant, a locally well-known traditional yootzer family performs for the wedding party. In the evening some villagers can be found in another inn performing not for an audience this time, but for their own pleasure. The wedding party also appreciates local customs such as large cowbell ringing, whip cracking and diatonic accordion playing to accompany dancing. Glattalp (color, 29 min, 1986) Walking up to the summer alpine pastures is a yearly event that both people and cattle look forward to! Cattle calls, yootzing in the stable while milking, calling an alpine blessing through a milk funnel, yootzing together in the evening in the alpine chalet: these are elements that many local people like to see, elements that reflect the idealized past of this "people of herdsmen", as Swiss people like to call themselves. At the end of the film, an unexpected message reveals that real life was not as idyllic as it seems. It is a rare case of a film revealing its "making of" (years before the extras in DVDs became popular). "Knowing how many television films have been made concerning yodelling as folk entertainment and how neglected the topic has remained from a documentary standpoint, one feels obliged to give special thanks to Hugo Zemp for his outstanding work." "ÔÇ_Max Peter Baumann, Ethnomusicology, 34(2), 1990 "There is a world of difference between documentaries where music is presented in its social sense on the one hand, and filmed presentations of research about notes and tones on the other. It is the great value of both Head Voice, Chest Voice and Yootzing and Yodelling that both aspects are covered in such a well composed way that one fails to realize how unusual this marriage actually is." "ÔÇ_Robert Boonzajer Flaes, Visual Anthropology, 4, 1-7, 1991 "These four films constitute something of a tour de force in exemplifying four approaches to "filming music" within the parameters of a single stylistic philosophy." "ÔÇ_John Baily, Cahiers de Musiques Traditionnelles, 4, 1991 (published in French) Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards: Nanook Prize, Bilan du Film Ethnographique, France, 1986 (Glattalp, The Wedding of Susanna and Josef) Mention, Parnu Visual Anthropology Film Festival, Estonia, 1988 (Head Voice, Chest Voice) Mention, International Festival of Scientific Films, Palaiseau, France, 1989 (Head Voice, Chest Voice) Prix du Patrimoine (Patrimonial Prize), Bilan du Film Ethnographique, France, 1987 (Yootzing and Yodelling) Filmmaker: Hugo Zemp
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VDU
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videorecording
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Originally produced by Documentary Educational Resources in 1987
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In English
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  • Zemp, Hugo
  • Kanopy
  • Kanopy (Firm)
Runtime
24
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live action
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A Swiss Yodelling Series: "Juuzli" of the Muotatal, (evideo)
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nc
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two-dimensional moving image
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tdi
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rdacontent
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1 online resource (streaming video file)
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online
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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other
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digital, sound, color
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1096018
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sound
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sound on medium
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  • other
  • remote
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  • kan1096018
  • (OCoLC)1035144071
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
A Swiss Yodelling Series: "Juuzli" of the Muotatal, (evideo)
Link
Publication
Note
  • Title from title frames
  • In Process Record
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, sound, color
Publisher number
1096018
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • kan1096018
  • (OCoLC)1035144071
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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