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Alpine Yodeling Comes to St. Petersburg

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Recently, the sounds of Alpine and Tyrolean songs could be heard in a shopping center in St. Petersburg. The winners of international competitions from Switzerland introduced everyone to the singing of the shepherds in the style of yodeling. Let's listen in.

The residents of St Petersburg don't need to fly to the Alps today to hear the singing of the Swiss mountaineers.

These musicians have come to the city on the Neva River, to participate in the "All the Flags Festival" and introduce visitors to a singing style called yodeling.

Sammy Sumbrun from the German part of Switzerland is singing without words, with a rapid transition from low tones to falsetto and conversely, in Tyrolean style.

He is 40 years old, and has sung in this style for 35 years.

[Sammy Sumbrun, Soloist, Countertenor]:
"I studied yodel singing in the mountains. I listened to the voices of nature, animals and tried to imitate them. "

Yodeling was developed in Switzerland in the second century BC.

Shepherds used such guttural sounds in the mountains to keep in touch.

[Sammy Sumbrun, Soloist, Countertenor]:
"When I go out on the scene I imagine that I am singing in the Swiss Alps. There are mountains, fresh air, sunshine, beautiful nature around me, and I feel it in my heart, in my soul."

At the end there is a performance with a flag.

There is not only Tyrolean singing in it, but also the sounds of the Alpine horn.

Experts say that yodel-singing came from these sounds.

The artist says that no one in Switzerland can now play this instrument.

The chorus "Lundi 7 Heures" performs contemporary vocals.

And none of these 16 participants carry national clothing with them like Sammy does.

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