By Barbara Newman
'Frauenlob' used to be the level identify of Heinrich von Meissen (c. 1260-1318), a medieval German poet-minstrel. A well-known and debatable determine in his day, Frauenlob (meaning "praise of ladies") exercised a powerful impression on German literature into the eighteenth century. This e-book introduces the poet to English-speaking readers with a clean poetic translation of his masterpiece, the Marienleich--a virtuosic poem of over 500 strains in compliment of the Virgin Mary. Barbara Newman, identified for her pathbreaking translation of Hildegard of Bingen's Symphonia, brilliantly captures the fervent eroticism of Frauenlob's language. greater than the mummy of Jesus, the girl of Frauenlob's textual content is a celestial goddess, the everlasting associate of the Trinity. Like Christ himself she is explicitly stated to have natures, human and divine. Frauenlob shall we the girl communicate for herself in an strange first-person textual content of self-revelation, made from the music of Songs, the Biblical knowledge books, the Apocalypse, and a wide range of secular fabrics starting from courtly romance to Aristotelian philosophy. incorporated with the publication is a CD recording of the Marienleich by means of the famous ensemble Sequentia, directed through Benjamin Bagby and the past due Barbara Thornton. The surviving song is the composer's personal, reconstructed from fragmentary manuscript resources. Accompanying Newman's translation is a facing-page version of the German textual content, distinct remark, and a severe learn providing the main thorough dialogue to this point of Frauenlob's oeuvre, social context, philosophical principles, assets, language, track, and impact. Rescuing a protracted forgotten medieval masterpiece, Frauenlob's tune of Songs will fascinate scholars and students of the center a while in addition to students, performers, and connoisseurs of early tune.
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Frauenlob's Song of Songs: A Medieval German Poet And His Masterpiece by Barbara Newman