Label: Polydor - 6840,Bertelsmann Club - 6840 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation, Club Edition • Country: Germany • Genre: Pop • Style: Schlager
In the United States it is also known as 'entertainer music' or 'German hit mix'. Typical schlager tracks are either sweet, sentimental ballads with a simple, catchy melody or light pop tunes. Lyrics typically center on love, relationships, and feelings. The northern variant of schlager notably in Finland has taken elements from Nordic and Slavic folk songswith lyrics tending towards melancholic and elegiac themes.
Musically, schlager bears similarities to styles such as easy listening. The German word Schlager itself a calque of the English word hit is also a loanword in some other languages HungarianLithuanianRussian,  HebrewRomanian for examplewhere it retained its meaning of a " musical hit".
The style has been frequently represented at the Eurovision Song Contest and has been popular since the contest began in although it is gradually being replaced by other pop music styles. Over time, schlager music has gradually shifted on to electronic music rather than generic pop music, due to its widespread use of synthesizers throughout its various implementations in recent decades. Dutch schlager is called levenslied literally 'life song', i. It is a sentimental, Dutch-language subgenre of pop music.
Typical levenslied lyrics treat subjects such as love, misery, and nostalgia, besides longing for sunny, exotic holiday places. A typical levenslied has catchy, simple rhythms and melodies in common with many pop and folk tunes and is structured in couplets and refrains. Traditional instruments in levenslied music are the accordion and the barrel organ : for Never Look Back - OddFella - AM/FM, Nicole and Hugo.
A particularly notable song was opera singer Ture Ara's "Emma" in Schlager tradition has an important place in Finnish popular music, and its melodic language has also influenced Finnish rock. Schlager shares its audience with Finnish tango music; both are popular among older and middle-aged Finns. Noteworthy Finnish schlager composers include Juha Vainio.
One ancestor of schlager may be operetta, which was highly popular in the early twentieth century. In the s and s, the Comedian Harmonists and Rudi Schuricke laid the foundations for this new music. Schlager reached a peak of popularity in Germany and Austria in the s featuring Peter Alexander and Roy Black and the early s. From the mids through the early s, schlager also saw an extensive revival in Germany by, for example, Guildo Horn Dieter Thomas KuhnMichelle and Petra Perle.
Dance clubs would play a stretch of schlager titles during the course of an evening, and numerous new bands were formed specialising in s schlager cover versions and newer material. In Hamburg in the s, schlager fans still gathered annually by the hundreds of thousands dressing in s Azzuro - Various - Schlagerfavoriten / Schlager Favoriten for street parades called "Schlager Move". The Schlager Move designation is also used for a number of smaller schlager music parties in several major German cities throughout the year.
Germans view schlager as their country music, and American country and Tex-Mex music are both major elements in schlager culture. If it is not part of an ironic kitsch revival, a taste for both styles of music is commonly associated with folksy pubs, fun fairs, and bowling league venues.
Between and German-style schlager became disco-oriented, in many ways merging with the mainstream disco music of the time. Singers such as Marianne Rosenberg recorded both schlager and disco hits. The song "Moskau" by German band Dschinghis Khan was one of the earliest of modern, dance-based schlager, again showing how schlager of the '70s and Azzuro - Various - Schlagerfavoriten / Schlager Favoriten '80s merged with mainstream disco and Euro-disco.
Dschinghis Khan, while primarily a disco band, also played disco-influenced schlager. This music shows many similarities Sound For Sore Ears - James Moody - The Teachers Western Popular music, as most songs could be defined as a form of Schlager. In Sweden, schlager has waxed and waned in popularity since at least the s. It still enjoys a large place in Swedish culture.
Although the original schlager was heavily influenced by operettacabaret, variety-style music, and jazzthis started to change in the s, when schlager music became more pop-oriented. Since the early s, schlager songs have included elements of rock and techno. Therefore, modern Swedish schlager little resembles that of the s. The Melodifestival which selects the Swedish competitor at the Eurovision Song Contest is popularly also called Schlagerfestivalen "the Schlager Festival" or Schlager-SM Swedish schlager championshipsince Si Begg - Network Southeast Vol.
1 has traditionally been characterised by schlager songs. The Eurovision Song Contest has also been called "Eurovisionsschlagerfestivalen" Eurovision schlager festival or schlager-EM "European schlager championship".
The amount of Swedish schlager has decreased in recent years, but schlager is still the most likely genre to win the competition " Evighet " English: " Invincible " in by Carola and " Hero " by Charlotte Perrelli infor example. Melodifestivalen is the most popular TV program in Sweden.
It is broadcast annually, and in an estimated 47 percent of the Swedish population watched the final. In Sweden "schlager" is often used to refer to Eurovision-participating songs. Two characteristics of Swedish schlager are a pronounced key change before the final chorus and their three-minute length the maximum song length permitted at the Eurovision Song Contest. Some Swedes dispute the meaning of "schlager" with respect to Swedish music; it may be used indiscriminately to describe popular Azzuro - Various - Schlagerfavoriten / Schlager Favoriten , Melodifestivalen songs, Eurovision songs, dansband music, and any song with a catchy chorus.
In the United Kingdom, schlager is often categorized simply as pop. Artists from other countries have also had schlager hits in the UK. That song also won Germany the Eurovision Song Contest in The first schlager music in Yugoslavia began to appear in the late s. The first and most influential festival of schlager music was the Zagreb Festival of Popular Music later known as Zagrebfestwhich began in and still takes place annually in Zagreb.
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