Slavko Avsenik

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Slavko Avsenik 1963
Slavko Avsenik 1963
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An evening with the Oberkrainers (as an original Oberkrainer quintet)
  DE 29 January 15, 1966 (4 weeks)
The 20 best
  DE 3 03/01/1978 (16 weeks)
  AT 1Template: Infobox chart placements / maintenance / NR1 link 04/15/1977 (16 weeks)
Everyone has their hobby
  AT 21st January 15, 1979 (4 weeks)
His great successes - special edition - episode 1 (with the original Oberkrainer quintet)
  AT 75 08/14/2015 (1 week)
The best (with the Original Oberkrainer Quintet)
  DE 34 06/17/2016 (12 weeks)
  AT 16 06/24/2016 (13 weeks)
  CH 38 07/17/2016 (8 weeks)

Slavko Avsenik (born November 26, 1929 in Begunje , Kingdom of Yugoslavia , † July 2, 2015 in Begunje, Slovenia ) was a Slovenian composer and accordionist .


Slavko Avsenik was initially a ski jumper and as such a member of the then national team of Yugoslavia. He taught himself to play the piano accordion and the Styrian harmonica during his military service. In 1953 he started in the Avsenik Trio with a guitarist (Mitja Butara) and bassist (Borut Finzgar).

Pri Joževcu Inn in Begunje , where well-known Oberkrainer groups perform weekly

Slavko Avsenik founded the music group Gorenjski Kvintet together with his brother Vilko Ovsenik , which became known internationally as Slavko Avsenik and his Original Oberkrainer ("Original Oberkrainer Quintett") and sold more than 36 million records . They are also the inventors of the " Oberkrainer Sound", which is still played by a large number of music groups today.

As a rule, an Oberkrainer line-up consists of an accordion , baritone horn or double bass (bass), guitar (rhythm), clarinet , trumpet and, of course, monophonic or polyphonic singing . Harmonica or a second or even third clarinet were also used for some recordings . There are also albums with string orchestras and brass music .

Although the Oberkrainer style has similarities with Ländlermusik , it was not initially assigned to it. Nor does it correspond to Slovenian folk music. Mainly 4/8 polkas , waltzes and marches are played and, of course, Länders with a typical 4-bar introduction, such as B. the farmer-landlord . However, this style also brought an innovation with the fact that the harmony of many songs was very modern and goes into jazz harmony .

Jazz elements such as sixth chords or secondary dominants (mostly from the second level) can be found in almost every song . This innovation, especially in the accompaniment, can be attributed to the guitarist of the ensemble Leo Ponikvar, who was active as a jazz musician before joining Avsenik and therefore had the necessary knowledge.

Slavko Avsenik's greatest successful title is the Trumpet Echo (1954), which was recorded in the popular recording (published in 1955) by a quartet (without guitar) and which has become an evergreen of popular music, as well as in numerous versions since then (wind band , a cappella etc.) was recorded. This composition only became known to a wide audience with the help of Fred Rauch , who happened to hear the title on Radio Klagenfurt. In the 1970s, it was the signature tune of the ZDF broadcast Funny Musicians and the monthly radio broadcast Wettstreit nach Noten der Deutschlandfunk . The trumpet echo also became the theme song for the ORF broadcast Musikantenstadl . Other successful titles are Auf der Autobahn , Slovenian Farmer's Dance and It's so nice to be a musician , as well as Planica, Planica , a song that is played every year at the ski flying competitions on the Letalnica hill .

Slavko Avsenik (2008)

1992 handed Avsenik his songs especially in the ensemble Gašperji (in October 2009 in Kranjci renamed), which he "The Kranjci" officially became the successor ensemble appointed its original Oberkrainer under the name. Most of the long-term members have now died: the trumpeter Franc Košir (1930–1991), the guitarist Leo Ponikvar (1917–1992), the clarinetist Albin Rudan (1933–2009) and the baritone and bassist Mik Soss (1929–2004) do not live anymore.

Avsenik's son Slavko Avsenik junior is responsible for the arrangements of many pieces for the band Laibach . His grandson Sašo Avsenik founded their own group in Begunje in 2009 together with six other musicians in the style of the Original Oberkrainer and is also celebrating successes; Among other things, he also appeared in the Musikantenstadl .

On July 2, 2015, Slavko Avsenik died at the age of 85 after a brief and serious illness.

Members of the Slavko Avsenik group and his original Oberkrainer

Slavko Avsenik and his Original Oberkrainer
General information
founding 1953
resolution 1993
Founding members
Slavko Avsenik († 2015)
Leo Ponikvar (until 1953, 1955–1989, † 1993)
Jože Kelbl (until 1953)
Last occupation
Slavko Avsenik († 2015)
Albin Rudan (since 1961, † 2009)
Jože Balažic (since 1985)
Igor Podpečan (since 1989)
Renato Verlič (since 1989)
Alfi Nipič (since 1974)

Jožica Svete (since 1974)
Joži Kališnik (since 1982)

former members
Franc Košir (1953–1985, † 1991)
Vilko Ovsenik (1953–1959, † 2017)

Zoran Komac (1955)
Franc Tržan (1959–1961)

Franc Ogrizek (1953–1955)

Mik Soss (1955–1989, † 2004)

Franc Koren (1954–1974, † 1982)

Danica Filiplič (1954–1961, † 1995)
Ema Prodnik (1961–1982)

The group existed from 1953 to the early 1990s.

Slavko Avsenik
Slavko Avsenik was the boss and founder of the Original Oberkrainer and, together with his brother Vilko Ovsenik , composer of almost all melodies played with his ensemble (exception: folk tunes). Avsenik played a Morino VM accordion made by Hohner for decades . In his honor, Hohner is producing a special series of the Morino V + (Slavko Avsenik Retro), which has a slightly changed design and a special sound.
Franc Košir
Franc Košir was the group's trumpeter. As a comedian in the ensemble, he was famous for titles like Franz der Maurerg'sell , That would be nice , Auf der Idiotenwiese or Die Hungerkur . From the mid-1980s Košir was replaced as trumpeter by Jože Balažic and was only responsible for humorous vocal interludes and jokes.
Nikolay ("Mik") Soss
Bassist, played at the beginning (approx. 1954–1969) with a (Bohemian) baritone, which is still common in brass music today, before switching to a bell front ( bell front) in 1970. With slower pieces or waltzes he often switched to the double bass for reasons of sound.
Leo Ponikvar
Guitarist who incorporated numerous jazz elements into his playing style. He gave the quintet the necessary "drive", this characteristic type of follow-up in counterplay to the baritone.
Albin Rudan
Clarinetist known for his smooth performance. Famous solos: The wind brings you my song , clarinet polka and the shepherd's song.
Franc Koren and Ema Prodnik
Longstanding vocal duo. Koren left the ensemble in the first half of the 1970s, while Prodnik continued to work as a singer until the early 1980s.
Alfi Nipič , Jožica Sirca-Svete and Jožica Kališnik
Singing choir from the 1970s.
Jože Balažic
Trumpeter instead of Koširs.
Vilko Ovsenik
Vilko Ovsenik is Slavko Avsenik's brother, initially also the clarinetist of the ensemble, then arranger for Slavko's compositions.


Recordings and record labels

From 1968 to 1987 all recordings were made by Eberhard Sengpiel in Ljubljana for Teldec .

From 1986 the music group was exclusively under contract with Koch Records . After the group split up, a CD was released under Eastwest Records on the occasion of Slavko's 70th birthday .


  • Golden Sounds from Upper Carniola (Telefunken, 1971) (DE:goldgold)
  • Golden Sounds from Oberkrain II (Telefunken, 1973)
  • Hunter's Latin in Oberkrain (Telefunken, 1974)
  • Hunter's Latin in Upper Carniola (London International, 1974)
  • It's so nice to be a musician (2xLP, Telefunken, 1974)
  • 16 world successes (Telefunken, 1975)
  • With music and a good mood (2xLP, Telefunken, 1975)
  • His music inspires millions (1975) (DE:goldgold)
  • Sunday concert (Telefunken, 1975)
  • Funny and fun (Telefunken, 1978)
  • Hey Slavko! Play us one! (Telefunken, 1978)
  • A firework of music (Koch Records, 1986)
  • We Remain Good Friends (Koch Records, 1990)
  • It's so nice to be a musician (Virgin, 1990)
  • Polkafest in Oberkrain (CD, Koch Records, 1997)
  • It's best at home
  • On silver tracks (Royal Sound)
  • Tryst in Oberkrain (Telefunken)
  • At home in Oberkrain (Telefunken)
  • The 20 best (cass)
  • An evening with Slavko Avsenik and his Original Oberkrainern (Telefunken)
  • With polka and waltz through the world (Telefunken)
  • In the beautiful Upper Carniola (Telefunken, German Record Club)
  • The Oberkrainer play on (10 ″, Telefunken) [1]

Well-known titles

  • 1954: Trumpet echo (polka, for quartet and quintet instrumentation), An der Sava (waltz), Auf der Almhütte (polka), Bauernkirmes (waltz), Enzian waltz (waltz), Happy Kehraus (polka), garden party (polka ), In the Mountains (Polka), Funny Wedding (Polka), Slovenian Peasant Dance (Polka), Under the Linden Tree (Waltz), Back at Home (Polka), Vintner's Dance (Polka) etc.
  • 1955: On the cart (polka), on sunny meadows (waltz), The funny Oberkrainer (polka), The dairy woman in love (waltz), Dorfpolka (polka), edelweiss polka (polka), after work (polka), Resi (waltz ), Siren polka (polka), dance at the village host (polka), over mountain and valley (polka) etc.
  • 1956: Remembrance (waltz), Auf dem Tanzboden (waltz), Greetings to Innsbruck (polka), Gute Laune (polka), Das Schöne Land Krain (waltz), What was earlier war (waltz) etc.
  • 1957: Longing for the mountains (waltz), without worries (polka), in the inn on the Drau (polka), greetings from the summit (waltz), spring in the mountains (polka), axamer polka (polka), let's sit happily with wine (waltz), we're always funny (polka) etc.
  • 1958: Fire brigade polka (polka), fair polka (polka), clarinet polka (polka), rolling wheels, cracking whips (polka), two old people (waltz), for you alone (waltz) etc.
  • 1959: Alpenecho (waltz), On my harmonica (waltz), Dachstein polka (polka), Die Dorfschöne (waltz), The Oberkrainer come (polka), Heimwärts (polka), In airy heights (waltz) etc.
  • 1960: Good old days (polka), spring dreams (waltz)
  • 1961: Bells of homeland (waltz), autumn waltz (waltz), I whistle for you (waltz), my homeland (waltz), hiking, o wandering (waltz), lullaby (waltz) etc.
  • 1962: Farewell (waltz), think of me (waltz), you dear village blacksmith (waltz), my darling goodbye (polka), moonlight waltz (waltz), after the hunt (polka) etc.
  • 1963: Shepherd's song (waltz), Greetings to Steibis (waltz), Dear girl come (polka), Tyrolean country (country), When the sun is shining brightly (waltz) etc.
  • 1964: The hangover song (waltz), The trumpeter in love (waltz), The little railway (polka), You mountains of home (polka), In the foehn wind (polka), Aunt Mizzi (polka), Moon night on the Adriatic (waltz), Traditional costume festival (polka), under the umbrella (waltz)
  • 1965: On the chairlift (polka), birch trees in the wind (waltz), it is written in the stars (polka), yes, yes, yes, that's funny (waltz), mother song (waltz) etc.
  • 1966: The sea rushes softly (waltz), dreaming girl (waltz)
  • 1967: Tryst in Oberkrain (Polka), The bells of St. Veit (waltz), Where the old mill is (waltz)
  • 1968: Matterhorn march (march), the wind brings you my song (waltz)
  • 1969: Jägerlatein (Polka), My darling, that's a hunter's man (Polka), Jäger trophies (Polka), The yodel song from Oberkrain (Polka), When the twilight cup (waltz), Hinterm Hühnerstall (waltz)
  • 1970: Golden Upper Krainer Sounds ( Polka), Love in the Mountains (Waltz), My Ski Instructor (Waltz), On Silver Traces (Waltz), At the Waterfall (Waltz), Glück im Schwarzwald (Polka), On the Idiotenwiese (Waltz), The hunger cure (polka), sleigh bells (polka), Lena, Lina, Luise (waltz), Heimatabend in Planica (waltz), On the Autobahn (polka), Großglocknerblick (polka), Farewell my treasure (waltz), windmill waltz ( Waltz), Beautiful Schwyzerland (Polka), Wecker-Polka (Polka)
  • 1971: Drive over the Arlberg (polka), Happy hours on the Rhine (waltz), Miss Kaktus (polka), In the Swiss highlands (polka), Look back with me into the past (waltz), With polka and waltz around the world ( Polka), America trip (Polka), Das Försterhaus im Taunus (waltz), Am Wendelstein (waltz), Dark forests (waltz)
  • 1972: The whole village is on its feet (polka), wedding march (march), festival day in the village (polka), We wish the best for every celebration (polka), Nicholas is coming (polka), good luck in the new year ( Polka), stars of the holy night (waltz), New Year's Eve (polka), daffodils (waltz), white sails - blue lakes (waltz), Lipizzaner horse march (march), entry of the nations ( march polka), Franz the favorite (polka ), My Munich, I say goodbye (Waltz), Slightly tipsy (Polka)
  • 1973: Slovenia (waltz), Franz, der Maurergsell (polka), all around Salzburg (polka), boat trip on Lake Möhne (polka), friends, we remain friends (polka)
  • 1974: It's so nice to be a musician (polka), youth goes by quickly (waltz), the brisk trumpeter (polka), at the fireplace (waltz), morning star on the horizon (waltz), night on the Limmat (polka ), Katharin (waltz), Dreaming clarinet (waltz), Far behind snow-white mountains (waltz), No music without bombardon (polka), The most beautiful season (polka)
  • 1975: Silver-gray fog (waltz), With music and a good mood (polka), The world is so beautiful (waltz), View over the fence (polka), Festzug-Polka (polka), Am Vierwaldstätter See (polka), celebrate today we (waltz), Magic of the Julian Alps (waltz), In the beautiful Tyrolean country (In the town of Fieberbrunn) (Polka), Pokal-Polka (Der Fieberbrunn ski instructor) (Polka), The whole world is full of music (Polka), Holidays on the Farm (waltz)
  • Other well-known titles: I like to listen to accordion , home dreams , everywhere we are at home , beautiful you are, you Karavanke , The Echo Song of the Dolomites , Franz of Siebengscheite , Let's go polka dancing , Love in the mountains , best for my friends , when sundowner (Slovenian wine) , Dreaming clarinet , Hey! Slavko, play us one! , Water lily waltz , Martin polka , alarm clock polka , etc.



  1. Chart sources: DE
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  6. ^ Hohner on Slavko Avsenik
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  8. Kleine Zeitung of November 18, 2010, p. 28
  9. Awards for music sales: DE

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