Skip to main content
Select Source:

Ranz des vaches

Ranz des vaches (Kuhreigen, Kuhreihen). Cow-procession. A type of Swiss Alpine melody, sung or played on the Alphorn to call the cows scattered over the mountain-side. Every district has its own version, some of which (with modifications) have been introduced into comps., e.g. Rossini's William Tell ov., Beethoven's Pastoral sym., Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, Schumann's Manfred, Strauss's Don Quixote and Ein Heldenleben. Walton's Façade contains a parody of a Ranz des vaches.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Ranz des vaches." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music. . Encyclopedia.com. 10 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Ranz des vaches." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 10, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/ranz-des-vaches

"Ranz des vaches." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music. . Retrieved December 10, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/ranz-des-vaches

ranz des vaches

ranz des vaches (räNz dā väsh), type of Alpine folk melody of irregular melodic and rhythmic form used to call cattle. It is played on the alphorn by Swiss herders, or sung, with or without words. There are about 50 or more regional variations on the basic melodic pattern. Beethoven, in the Pastoral Symphony, Berlioz, in the Symphonie fantastique, and Rossini, in William Tell, are among the composers who have used the ranz des vaches in compositions.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"ranz des vaches." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Encyclopedia.com. 10 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"ranz des vaches." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 10, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/reference/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/ranz-des-vaches

"ranz des vaches." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Retrieved December 10, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/reference/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/ranz-des-vaches