By Barbara Newman
“Frauenlob” was once the degree identify of Heinrich von Meissen (c. 1260–1318), a medieval German poet-minstrel. A recognized and debatable determine in his day, Frauenlob (meaning “praise of ladies”) exercised a robust impression on German literature into the eighteenth century. This publication introduces the poet to English-speaking readers with a clean poetic translation of his masterpiece, the Marienleich—a virtuosic poem of greater than 500 traces 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 companion of the Trinity. Like Christ himself she is explicitly acknowledged to have natures, human and divine. Frauenlob we could the woman converse 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 big selection of secular fabrics starting from courtly romance to Aristotelian philosophy.
Included with the e-book 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 tune is the composer’s personal, reconstructed from fragmentary manuscript resources. Accompanying Newman’s translation is a facing-page variation of the German textual content, distinctive observation, and a serious examine offering the main thorough dialogue to this point of Frauenlob’s oeuvre, social context, philosophical principles, resources, language, track, and impression. Rescuing an extended forgotten medieval masterpiece, Frauenlob’s music of Songs will fascinate scholars and students of the center a while in addition to students, performers, and connoisseurs of early music.
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