Scherz zither?

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Rudy Mueller
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Scherz zither?

Post by Rudy Mueller » Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:14 am

What is a "Scherz Zither"? Is it different from the "concert zither"?

Rudi

Heidi
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Re: Scherz zither?

Post by Heidi » Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:51 pm

Hmm... maybe if the translation is taken literally it is a fake zither or otherwise a "joke" zither? That would be interesting to find out. Where did you hear of it?

Heidi

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Re: Scherz zither?

Post by Rudy Mueller » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:55 am

The piece "Scherrzither-Stückle, D'r Alphirt Gorar"" is on the CD "Advents- und Weihnachssingen in den Bergen", a release of "da music/2840 Diepholz Germany", SONIA CD 77192.

It is track # 24 on the CD, and the musicians are listed as "Max Schraudorf, Scherrzither, Jutta und Ferdl Kerber, Gitarre und Bass".

Regrets for the initial mis-spelling; The correct form is SCHERRZITHER .

Speculating, the tone/quality seems to be similar to a small guitar, mandolin or even ukelele.

Rudi

velocio
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Re: Scherz zither?

Post by velocio » Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:32 am

Here is a Scherrzither on YouTube :
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S3YadqkYbLE

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Re: Scherz zither?

Post by Rudy Mueller » Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:44 am

That's it!

Thank you Velocio x 10^6.

At the Wendlstoana/Milwaukee Christmas party last Sunday one group consisted of Hackbrett(dulcimer), Blockflötte(recorder), and Ukulele. My first impression was "that's different", but after the first few measures, the combination immediately brought the Scherrzither on the Advent CD to mind. The Ukulele player is an accomplished musician, and her instrument complimented the group well.

Rudi

Heidi
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Re: Scherz zither?

Post by Heidi » Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:25 pm

Aha! Well that's an interesting zither indeed. Thanks for posting the link :D

Heidi

velocio
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Re: Scherz zither?

Post by velocio » Wed Dec 24, 2014 2:07 pm

By the way, the german wikipedia even has a comprehensive entry for the Scherrzither:
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scherrzither

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Re: Scherz zither?

Post by Rudy Mueller » Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:13 pm

Thank you Velocio!

The link you posted is extremely important to all those interested in the austro/germanic music and culture. I will add it to my favorites and "spread the word".

Frohe Weihnachten und ein guter Rutsch ins Neues Jahr.

Rudi

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