Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Der Marner. Lieder Und Sangsprüche Aus Dem 13. Jahrhundert Und Ihr Weiterleben Im Meistersang

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Der Marner. Lieder Und Sangsprüche Aus Dem 13. Jahrhundert Und Ihr Weiterleben Im Meistersang

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Der Marner. Lieder und Sangspruche aus dem 13. Jahrhundert und ihr Waterleben im Mastersang, ed., with an introduction, commentary, and translation, by Eva Willms (Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, 2008). vi + 436 pp. ISBN 978- 3- 11- 018457- o. euro169.95. Der Marner is one of the most individual German poets of the thirteenth century, the author of German love songs, German religious and didactic songs, and a number of Latin songs in related metrical forms. The Manesse manuscript, from the early fourteenth century, contains eightyone German strophes under his name composed to seven different melodies, to which a single Latin strophe was added. Three further early strophes, together with a number of others that were already known, were discovered some twenty years ago in fragments of a thirteenth-century parchment roll. When the whole body of some twenty- two manuscripts with parallel texts, further songs under Marner's name, and anonymous songs that have been claimed for Marner is assembled, it makes a corpus of 130 songs in all (including six 'Marneriana'), many of which are polystrophic, but more than half of them monostrophic 'Sprüche' of religious/didactic content. Only five of the texts are in Latin, the rest in German, but Der Marner is nonetheless an important witness for the relationship of the two languages in medieval German culture. The corpus includes compositions ranging from the original love songs and 'Sprüche' of the thirteenth-century poet through to 'Meisterlieder' of the sixteenth century that preserved his name. Hitherto we have read most of his work in the edition by P. Strauch (1876; repr. 1965). Important recent monographs by J. Haustein (1995) and M. Baldzuhn (2002), and above all the Repertorium der Sangsprüche und Meisterlieder, ed. …

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