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From History to Myth

Wagner's "Tannhäuser" and its Literary Sources


Mary A. Cicora

The book places Wagner's Tannhäuser within the German literary tradition. Separate chapters of the book are devoted to discussions of the medieval sources and the analogous works by Ludwig Tieck, E.T.A. Hoffmann, and Heinrich Heine. These studies, which converge on Wagner's opera, not only highlight various aspects or facets of Wagner's Tannhäuser, but at the same time show the transmission of the Tannhäuser and song contest legends into the nineteenth century and how Wagner combined them.
Contents: The Tannhäuser Legend - The Legend of the Song Contest at the Wartburg - Ludwig Tieck, «Der getreue Eckart und der Tannenhäuser» (1799) - E.T.A. Hoffmann, «Der Kampf der Sänger» (1819) - Heinrich Heine, «Der TannhTannhäuser» (1836) - Richard Wagner, Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg (1845).