Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria

The Viennese Dudler

Applicant: Mag. Agnes Palmisano
Province: Vienna
Domain: Performing arts
Year of inclusion: 2010

The Viennese-style yodeling is an important element of the local musical culture. Tootling is an important element of the Viennese singing culture. Its origins go back to the beginning of the 19th century, when Tyrolean singers’ societies toured European cities to introduce the population to the tradition of yodeling. In Vienna, yodeling was primarily developed in Ottakring and Hernals (16th and 17th Districts).

Trude Mally, who died in 2009, was known as the last major interpreter of Viennese-style yodeling. She learned everything about this vocal form from her aunt and passed on her knowledge to a new, young generation of yodelers, to which Agnes Palmisano belongs. This knowledge transfer is helping safeguard Viennese yodeling for the foreseeable future.