Ranz Des Vaches, the name applied to certain simple melodies played by the mountaineers of Switzerland upon the Alpine horn, which are identified with the scenes and pursuits of pastoral life. The term (in German Kuhreigen or Kuhreiheri) means literally cow rows, and the musical call of the herdsman is so named from the fact that the cattle in answering it move toward him in a row, preceded by those wearing bells. The character of these melodies, which are scarcely such in fact, as they are not governed by the ordinary rules of music, varies in different parts of Switzerland. They are in general without words. A collection of the various Ranz des Vaches and other Swiss airs was published at Bern in 1818 under the title of Sammlung von schweizer Kuhreihen und Volksliedern. They are also incorporated in the Allgemeines schweizer Liederbuch (1851).
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