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minnesinger

(mĭn`ĭsĭng'ər), a medieval German knight, poet, and singer of Minne, or courtly love. Originally imitators of Provençal troubadourstroubadours
, aristocratic poet-musicians of S France (Provence) who flourished from the end of the 11th cent. through the 13th cent. Many troubadours were noblemen and crusader knights; some were kings, e.g.
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, minnesingers developed their own style in the 13th and 14th cent. Some of their poems are among the best of Middle High German lyric verse. Important exponents of Minnesang included Heinrich von Morungen, Walther von der Vogelweide, and Oswald von Wolkenstein, as well as Gottfried von Strassburg, Wolfram von Eschenbach, and other authors of epics. Wagner's opera Tannhäuser is based on minnesinger art and tradition.
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This is a substantial volume of thirty essays, mostly in German (just two in French), devoted to a wide range of aspects of the 'woman's voice' in the German Minnesang, in the Galician-Portuguese lyric, and in a number of other relevant literary cultures (ranging from Ireland to Japan).
In our second segment, we turned to German courtly love lyric, or Minnesang.
Criticism of the German Minnesang is notoriously difficult because of the almost insuperable problems of medieval and modern reception; the modern reader (and the texts were not designed for eye-reading) is not only faced with a highly conventionalized set of ideas and indeed individual words, but is forced in most cases, in the absence of the music, to consider half an art only.
This concern penetrates even into the lexical sphere, where, on the evidence of the use of `the term ritter in early Minnesang and in the Kaiserchronik' (among other factors), he warns `against seeing the German empire globally as always lagging behind France in the rise of knighthood' (p.
The Passau material is the most extensive, including in German not only a range of sermon collections, for example, but the Minnesang of Reinmar and Walther, and most of the heroic epics of the high Middle Ages (Nibelungenlied, Kudrun, Dietrich epics).
206, 'secret', 'intimate', 'lack of public display'; 'personal/confidential') and equally a range of four meanings for tougen in Minnesang (p.
The poet's self-defence (Parzival 114, 1-116,4) is interpreted (following Curschmann) as a championing of narrative poetry against Minnesang (p.
It is, for example, largely such considerations that determine the differences between the Minnesang editions of Tervooren, aimed primarily at specialists, and of Schweikle, aimed at a wider audience; or between the editions of Rechtsbucher prepared by the Germanist Schmidt-Wiegand and by the legal historian Munzel.
discussions of the relevance and validity of Minnesang and in the introduction of