MUSIC IN 'DER MINNE REGEL' BY EBERHARD CERSNE OF MINDEN (1404)
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The article describes musical aspects of 'Der Minne Regel', the treatise by Eberhard Cersne, in a broader context of the literary tradition of the epoch. This convention was pervaded by the spirit of courtly love - main subject of the 12th century treatise 'De amore' of Andreas Capellanus, which was the most important model of 'Der Minne Regel' (The Rules of Love) written in German by Cersne. A description of garden, presented as an allegory of love, is an important part of the treatise, realized according to a poetical tradition closer to Eberhard's times; with music - particularly birds singing - being its obligatory component. The analysis of their symbolic meanings and their description by references to musical instruments and by use of music theory terms constitutes the main part of the article.
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