Alois Schilliger

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Alois Schilliger (* December 24, 1924 - January 17, 2004 ) was a Swiss folk musician and worked as a composer , conductor and piano player .

In his musical career he went through numerous stations, including piano studies at the conservatory. In 1954 he composed his famous Heirassa Polka , a Polka Rhinelander. In the 3rd section "Heirassa" is sung.

Ländlerkapelle Heirassa

In 1959 he founded the Ländlerkapelle Heirassa with Walter Grob (accordion) and Kaspar Muther (clarinet and saxophone), which thus had a house title. A change in staff followed when Walter Grob was replaced by Willi Valotti and Valotti integrated the bass violinist Köbi Schiess into the band. The now legendary formation existed officially until Kaspar Muther's death in 1980. Alois Schilliger was nicknamed "Heirassa-Wysel" and "Wysel Innerschweiz".


Alois Schilliger remained musically active and formed new music groups with which he also performed his own compositions. Around 600 of his own melodies were created in his work. In 1995 and 1996 a formation emerged that brought the Ländlerkapelle Heirassa to mind: Bruno Syfrig (clarinet and saxophone), Willi Valotti (accordion), Alois Schilliger (piano), Köbi Schiess (bass violin). A sound carrier was released under the label "Heirassa '96. Alois Schilliger was also able to count Carlo Brunner and Martin Nauer among his musical companions.

Alois Schilliger as a piano soloist

Alois Schilliger also appeared as one of the few piano soloists on the Swiss rural scene. The March Fox "Weggis" composed by him was recorded four-handed with Alfons Reati.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary for Alois ("Heirassa") Schillinger , accessed on November 16, 2018