books with songs and dances (1917-1922)
Books 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
In over 7,000 pages Wölfli composes a seemingly endless series of marches, polkas and mazurkas in order to celebrate his “Saint Adolf Giant Creation“. The compositions are written in solmisation syllables (the do-re-me scale). The drawings now become somewhat rarer and are substituted by collages made from magazine cuttings showing family themes, pictures of women, girls and erotica, idyllic landscape scenes, but also depictions of the cruel whims of nature and exotic scenery with further elements reminiscent of technical progress, heroism, beauty, luxury and wealth. Together, they form a panorama of Wölfli’s new creation, his longings and the world he was excluded from.
Album Books with Dances and Marches (1924–1928)
Album Books 1, 2, 3 and four untitled, unnumbered Books
These eight books of over 5,000 pages largely contain entries of panegyric compositions written in solmisation syllables. In the Album Books with Dances and Marches, the narrative is replaced by key words, which are repeated up to a thousand times, before being substituted by others.