Personalities | Walther von der Vogelweide | Medieval Era | Classical
(Vol’-ter fun dâr Fo’-gel-vi-da) fl. c. 1200
Both in his time and in ours Walther von der Vogelweide has been considered the leading figure in medieval German poetry, and his music was mentioned for its excellence by his contemporaries. His poetic works are found in a large number of manuscripts – an indication of his popularity – but little of his music has survived (although it is certain that the poetry was written to be sung). His poetry is most valued now for its transformation of the genres of German lyric from their rather restricted and formal tradition, into a freer and more expressive idiom.
Songs and Dances of the Middle Ages, Sonus (Dorian)
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