The Alphorn Story | Chicago Reader

The Alphorn Story

This 2003 documentary by Stefan Schwietert may sound like a Saturday Night Live goof—familiar from Swiss tourism ads, the alpenhorn (or alphorn) is a traditional wind instrument measuring between 10 and 14 feet in length—yet the video is compelling for the players' passion and the music's range, which stresses the instrument's harmonic richness. Schwietert traces its history and modern development and frames a lively debate between folk purists and jazz players like Hans Kennel, who's spent years finding new settings for the horn. 75 min.

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