Singspiel

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Singspiel (Music) A dramatic work, partly in dialogue and partly in song, of a kind popular in Germany in the latter part of the 18th century. It was often comic, had modern characters, and patterned its music on folk song with strictly subordinated accompaniment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n singspiel A semidramatic work or performance in which a series of incidents are related or represented in song. The form is almost entirely confined to Germany, where it was the precursor of the opera. Its peculiarity lies in the strict subordination of the instrumental accompaniments to the vocal parts. Originally it included both solo songs and spoken dialogue; but duets and part-songs gradually came in, and the amount of dialogue was steadily reduced. Compare miracle, 4, mystery, 4, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Singspiel sing′spēl a semi-dramatic representation in which a series of incidents are set forth in alternate dialogue and song, now a kind of opera in which the music is subordinated to the words.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G.; singen, to sing + spiel, to play
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger., singen, to sing, spiel, play.

Usage

In literature:

The form of 'Fidelio,' like that of "Die Zauberfloete," is that of the Singspiel.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
Mozart modestly called this opera a Vaudeville (in German: Singspiel).
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
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In news:

Musketier won the Singspiel Stakes at Woodbine on June 24.
Musketier, three-time winner of the Singspiel Stakes (gr IIIT) at Woodbine Race Course, and Henry Pabst Trust's.
CSO's first 'Magic Flute ' at Ravinia puts the sing in singspiel.
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