Walter Grob

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Walter Grob (born April 16, 1928 in Lichtensteig in the canton of St. Gallen ; † July 2, 2014 ) was a Swiss accordionist and composer of Swiss folk music, primarily country music in the so-called Central Switzerland style. He came from Toggenburg in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen and was a trained farmer and car service man.

From the musical career

He earned a significant part of his living as a musician with various country bands, including the Bossbuebe under the direction of Christian Boss from Grindelwald. In 1958 he played two of his own compositions as a soloist with the Swiss Radio Orchestra. 1959-70 he, Alois Schilliger , Kari Keizer and Kaspar Muther formed the Ländlerkapelle Heirassa. From 1961 he went public with Hans and Oskar della Torre as the Ländlertrio Walter Grob. In 1970 he took over the Alpenrose restaurant in Kriens as an innkeeper , which he expanded into a folk music venue. During this time, the sound carriers "Sehr zum Wohl, Ein Abend bei Walter Grob" and "Musik mit Profil, Walter Grob plays Albert Hagen " were made. “De Rosepuur” is the name of another sound carrier by Walter Grob with the Walter Grob – Willi Valotti hand organ duet . The composition "De Rosepuur" was named after the landlord Oskar della Torre from the "Rose" inn in Kerns , whose nickname was "De Rosepuur". The Friday evenings in the Alpenrose restaurant with the Grob-Lustenberger band with Werner Lustenberger on the piano accordion and Alfons Lustenberger on the piano remain unforgettable. Walter Grob's composition "Gute Freunde" was the broadcast design for the Volksmusik-Journal of Radio DRS 1 . It was moderated at the time by Roger Thiriet .

In 1980 he changed his career again when he started working as a recorder maker in a recorder factory in Horgen . His hand organ duet with Franz Nauer in the late 1990s was another important station for the old master.

The Swiss National Sound Archives lists over 130 recordings, where he either participates or one of his compositions is played.

Own compositions

His most famous melodies:

Walter Grob's musical oeuvre comprises more than 80 melodies that place high technical demands on accordionists.


In 2005 he received the Golden Treble Clef for his services to Swiss folk music .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituaries in the Luzerner Zeitung
  2. Swiss National Sound Archives. Retrieved July 19, 2014 .