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Yodeling in Dairyland
A History of Swiss Music in Wisconsin
James P. Leary

Zithers, accordions, yodeling, and cheese festivals: Swiss music in Wisconsin!

A historical overview of Swiss music in America’s most European state, and a short autobiography of Rudy Burkhalter, an influential performer whose varied career, in the Old World and the New, epitomizes the Swiss American experience. This nicely illustrated book covers yodeling, men’s choirs, festivals celebrating Swiss heritage or cheesemaking, house parties, zithers and accordions, touring ensembles, recordings and radio shows, relations with German and Slovenian music, and many other aspects of music in Swiss American culture.

James P. Leary is professor of folklore and Scandinavian studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His books include So Ole Says to Lena, include Wisconsin Folklore, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press, Minnesota Polka and, with Richard March, Down Home Dairyland.

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January 1991
64 pp.      45 b/w photos    
10 1/2 x 8 1/2

The paper edition ISBN 978-0-9624369-2-5 is out of print.

Distributed for the Center for Upper Midwest Culture, University of Wisconsin–Madison


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