«In Appenzellerland, my home region, string instruments and the dulcimer are the traditional instruments used for folk music. As a yodeller, violinist and dulcimer player, I have always been interested in what this music would sound like in a classical string orchestra. I wanted to arrange compositions and pieces from my own repertoire for a wonderful orchestra and to perform with them. It inspires me to fully exploit the sonic possibilities of a string orchestra to ensure my music sounds different to when played traditionally.»

Noldi Alder

This colourful programme of music by the avant-garde folk musician Noldi Alder shows how folk music has always been and still is collected and arranged by composers in many countries.

The concert opens with David Philip Hefti, the Composer-in-Residence 2020/21. His seven-movement Guggisberg Variationsare based on what is probably the oldest known Swiss folk song, Vreneli ab em Guggisbärg. We then go straight into the world of the aristocracy with Jean-Baptiste Lully’s dance movements from the ballet comedy Le Bourgeois gentilhomme.
And finally, Zoltán Kodály, Sándor Veress and Béla Bartók take us on a trip into Hungarian folk and art music.


Noldi Alder (*1953)
Compositions and arrangements of traditional folk music

David Philip Hefti (*1975)
Guggisberg variations for string quartet

Jean-Baptiste Lully(1632–1687)
Dances from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme

Zoltán Kodály(1882–1967)
Marosszéker dancesfor CAMERATA BERN arranged by Sándor Veress

Béla Bartók(1881–1945)
Mückentanzin an arrangement by Noldi Alder