Dominik Marty

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Dominik Marty , called Syti Domini (born July 10, 1936 in Schwyz ; † August 31, 2005 ) was a Swiss folk musician. His music was the Länders and playing the bass violin , Schwyzerörgeli and the Büchel (winding alphorn).

Musical career

The farmer and alpine farmer from Schwyz was the bass player with the Druosbärg-Büeble, with whom he released two records . Together with the country musician Rees Gwerder , he brought out five more records, plus three records with the Bürgler-Rickenbacher band. Recordings of him can also be found on the 1994 sampler CD Schräp Dahoam 2. His original appearances also included juicing, Gäuerlen (advertising dance) and the use of domestic music instruments (spoons, chlefeli [2 hardwood boards], brooms).

Another station was the collaboration with the music producer Ernst Jakober and his country band “Di urchige Glarner” from Benken SG . Jakober composed traditional country melodies, which Syti Domini occasionally accompanied on bass. The Kapellmeister also composed and wrote songs in the style of popular hits, which he sang in a duet with his wife Beatrice or Syti Domini. The lyrics represent the author's attitude to life.

He was part of the regular formation of Rees Gwerder .


Dominik Marty took over his father's farm in Hirschi, where the Federal Letter Archives were built in the former property. The farm also has a vineyard where Syti Domini pressed Hirschi wine.


Dominik Marty also became known through a speech on a Swiss television program from the Bundesbriefmuseum , in which a discussion on the vote on Switzerland's accession to the European Economic Area took place on December 6, 1992, which was followed by around 760,000 viewers. At the same time, numerous Treichlers could be heard loudly outside. Marty said he was allowed to speak on behalf of these Treichler and countered an EEA accession, which was supported by the Federal Council, and believed that EEA membership would mean war and the Swiss people would suffer massive damage. Marty was expelled by the security guards and Federal Councilor Adolf Ogi countered that it was indecent; it was not the Federal Council but the DRS television that chose the space for the EEA presentation. Otherwise, Syti Domini was not known for political involvement.


An outward trademark was his long beard. He had the typical appearance of an alpine man . Jauchzen or Juuzen is a tradition among the alpine people. After work, people like to sit together, and those who have a black orchestra , an accordion or a bass violin with them like to make use of them. That is why there is often cheering and yodelling to the country music. When Dominik Marty was contacted by the Druosberg-Büeble, he bought his first bass violin, a three-string. According to his own statement, he practiced "only" two hours, then the first public appearance followed. If you listen to the radio, you will sense from the unmistakable cheers that Syti Domini is accompanying the music on bass.

Probably the best-known melody he accompanied with the bass violin was the Länder's "Bim Syti Domini" (At the Syti Domini) in the typical Illgau or Muotathal style, composed by the conductor Toni Bürgler . Among other things, the Schwyzerland cheese dairy in Seewen near Schwyz produced a slide show with him.

After his controversial television speech, he was not spared various setbacks. He had to turn off his phone for two days. Various organizers canceled performances booked with his band. Nevertheless, Dominik Marty reached another high point in his musical career. He made recordings with the Schwyzerörgeliduett Iten-Grab, with whom he played for 20 years. Since he was also hired by other country bands , the double bass dealer Mark Schuler from Rothenthurm SZ regularly stepped in for him.

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Individual evidence

  1. A festival for the “King of the Schwyzerörgelis” , Luzerner Zeitung, July 27, 2011.
  2. ^ Mary in the Bundesbriefmuseum , SRF Archive, 1992.