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Posted By: Leadbelly
27-May-14 - 01:49 PM
Thread Name: Folk singers with longest career
Subject: RE: Folk singers with longest career
Hi Stringsinger,

here comes a short article about Minnesänger resp. Minnesaenger taken from Wikipedia:

"Minnesang was the tradition of lyric and song writing in Germany which flourished in the 12th century and continued into the 14th century. People who wrote and performed Minnesang are known as Minnesingers (German: Minnesänger). The name derives from the word minne, Middle High German for love which was their main subject, and an individual song was a minnelied. The Minnesänger were similar to the Provençal troubadours and northern French trouvères; they wrote love poetry in the courtly love tradition in Middle High German in the High Middle Ages."

The actual terms in Germany are Volkssänger (folksinger) resp. Volksmusiker (folk musicians).