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Meistersang
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1. Rules and form

Meistersang (literally “master song,” “master singing”) was a mode of writing and performing song in accordance with a set of rules that was cultivated from the 14th to the 17th (occasionally 19th) centuries in Germany, chiefly the free imperial cities of southern Germany. Its exponents were mostly urban craftsmen, who presented their works in the context of popular gatherings. A song (the Bar), which followin…

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Schnabel, Werner Wilhelm, “Meistersang”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023912>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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