The study focuses on the earliest German-language opera libretti, the pastoral
Singspiele. The history of the term is traced throughout various poetical treatises of the 17th century, from Opitz to Stieler. Three works,
Seelewig, Psyche, and
Amelinde, are compared in terms of dramatic structure, poetic formulation of the text, the role of literary contrafacture, and the extent of musical accompaniment. The allegorical theme of
anima et corpo unites all three works and, indeed, is characteristic of the genre.
Bern, New York, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1990. 364 pp.
Contents: Singspiel: History of the Term - Seelewig (1644) - Psyche (1652) Amelinde (1657) - Anima
et Corpo: A Literary Contrafacture G.P. Harsdörffer, S. von Birken, Anton Ulrich, Duke of Braunschweig - Lüneburg.