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In a charter issued on 5 May 1513, the mayor and city council of the city of Freiburg/Breisgau reported that several citizens wanted to be allowed to establish a bruderschaft der sengerye, a confraternity of singing. Without the 17 articles of the ordnung it would be quite difficult to determine what special kind of society the Freiburger singers wanted to establish because of the meagre data of the charter itself. No songs from Freiburg are preserved that could give us any information about the special character of the meetings. Only some articles of the ordnung show us that the Freiburger wanted to establish a company of Meistergesang. Up to the middle of the twentieth century German researchers found it difficult to develop an adequate terminology that differs from the effort of the Meistersinger to connect to their literary prehistory and to even out historical differences.

Keywords: Freiburger; German researchers; Meistergesang; Meistersinger; Ordnung



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