Swiss Mint issues silver 20-franc coin in honor of longstanding national yodeling celebration

Custom associated with Switzerland features on 2017 coin
By , Coin World
Published : 05/27/17
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No cultural custom may be associated with the Swiss people more than yodeling.

The custom is the subject of Swissmint’s newest silver commemorative coin.

The 2017 .825 fine silver 20-Swiss-franc coin was released to honor the 30th Swiss Yodelling Festival held in Brig-Glis, which is scheduled from June 22 to 25. 

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Some 15,000 performers and more than 150,000 visitors are expected in the main town in Upper Valai. During four days, they will witness performances by yodel choirs, individual yodelers, alp-horn players and flag throwers. 

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The original “natural” yodel was a form of communication in mountainous and inaccessible regions and was also used during cattle drives. A yodel or “jutz” is a melody sung using nonlexical vocables, i.e. sounds that are not words, with frequent repeated changes in pitch between the chest register and the head register (falsetto). In Switzerland and other Alpine countries, yodeling developed into song in the 19th century, usually as the choruses of folk songs. 

The yodel song, now performed with two-, three- or four-part harmonies and usually accompanied by a Swiss accordion, is the genre most favoured by yodelers in the Swiss Yodelling Association. 

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