from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See Meistersinger.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A German lyric poet of the late Middle Ages.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See Mastersinger.
- n. One of a class of poets which flourished in Nuremberg and some other cities of Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries. They bound themselves to observe certain arbitrary laws of rhythm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a class of German poets and musicians, chiefly peasants and artisans, who began to form gilds or societies for the cultivation of their art in the fourteenth century.
In one instance he made a draft on an authentic mastersinger melody.
There were five grades of membership: the lowest was that of mere admittance to the guild; the next carried with it the title of scholar; the third the friend of the school; after that came the singer, the poet; and last of all the mastersinger, to attain which distinction the aspirant must have invented a new style of melody or rhyme.
To thoroughly comprehend the story, it is necessary to understand the conditions one had to fulfil before he could be a mastersinger.
Eva is ready to become his bride, but it is necessary that her husband should be a mastersinger.
One who had partially mastered the Tabulatur was termed a "scholar;" the one who had thoroughly learned it, a "schoolman;" the one who could improvise verses, a "poet;" and the one who could set music to his verses, a "mastersinger."
Thereupon the pride of the suffering mastersinger reasserted itself; for while his wife painfully assisted him to mount the stairs, he harshly denied her right to sit in judgment upon his vocal gifts, and sternly ordered her to be silent.
In the Bibliotheca Norica Williana, incorporated with the Municipal Library of Nuremberg, there are several volumes of mastersingers 'songs purchased from an old mastersinger some 135 years ago, and from these the students may learn the structure and spirit of the mastersongs of the period of the opera as well as earlier and later periods, though he will find all the instruction he needs in any dozen or twenty of the 4275 mastersongs written by Hans Sachs.
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