Yodelling ends up in court
24th July 2009
A dispute over who owns the rights to a popular yodelling song has reached a court in Bavaria.
The alpine form of singing or warbling involves an interchange of the ordinary and falsetto voice and is popular in Austria and the alpine regions of southern Germany.
It expresses a love of the Alps.
The Kufstein Song is now at the centre of a row about who owns the royalties to it. It is popular on television and in many bar room sing-songs.
It features a well-known yodelling section and was composed by the Austrian, Karl Ganzer. His family claim they own the performance rights.
However a music publisher, Egon Frauenberger, who adapted the piece in the 1960’s says the changes he made ensured the song became as popular as it has.
Mr Frauenberger has conceded in court that Mr Ganzer, who died in 1988, was the original author of Das Kufsteinlied.
The old cliché in music publishing, where there’s a hit, there’s a writ, seems to be true even in yodelling.
The case continues.