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Head voice, chest voice

Series : Muotatal Jüüzli

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  00:23:00  1988  SD 4/3  Color  Sound

In Muotatal, a small valley in central Switzerland, the local dwellers give voice to the "youtse" (or "jüüzli", in tne German-Swiss dialect), a regional variant of a type of Alpine singing, characterized by the swift alternation from a chest voice to a head voice, that has been known since the nineteenth century under the name of yodel.
This document displays, very clearly for the non-specialists, the musical traits of Muotatal yootzes, how they vary from official folk-singing and their connections with instrumental music, the Büchel, a small Alpine horn from Central Switzerland, and the "Schwyzois", a diatonic accordion.

Audiovisual processReal shots. Use of animations, of an introductory text and insert titles.
Voice over. Songs.



Technical Sheet
Item No.658
PublicLarge audience ; Specialised audience
Original Support16 mm Film
VersionFrench ; English
DistributionSale (private use), Sale (institutionnal use)
Delivery support16 mm Film ; Beta SP