Mastersinger

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mastersinger 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mastersinger 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. Nuremberg was their principal seat, and Hans Sachs, a shoemaker of that place, was the most celebrated of them; but societies were founded in all the principal cities, many of which were maintained till the seventeenth century, while that of Ulm continued in existence till 1839.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A translation of G. meistersänger,

Usage

In literature:

The Mastersingers now assemble, and Pogner announces that Eva's hand is to be the prize of the singing contest next day.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
Thus we see that the mastersingers and the minnesingers were two very different classes of men.
"Critical & Historical Essays" by Edward MacDowell
The first poem which obtained a prize at the Academy of Mastersingers of Toulouse was a hymn to Mary.
"The Evolution of Love" by Emil Lucka
But in the actual creative work of the Mastersingers woman played no part.
"Woman's Work in Music" by Arthur Elson
There were twelve Mastersingers, and this number was to be added to by future competitions.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
Mastersingers (leather and cloth).
"Titanic" by Filson Young
The decline that found its perigee in the period of the Mastersingers went on gradually.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
The passage is followed by the Motive of the Mastersingers, which in turn leads to an imposing combination of phrases.
"The Complete Opera Book" by Gustav Kobbé
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In news:

Central Oregon Mastersingers celebrate first-ever CD during fall concert.
SA Mastersingers Revisit Sing For The Cure: Benefit For Breast Cancer Research This Sunday.
WESTBORO — The Assabet Valley Mastersingers will present a " Messiah Sing" at 3:30 pm Dec 16.
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