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Gassenhauer

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Author(s): Wenzel, Silke
The word  Gassenhauer is attested as a proper name around 1413 and was common in the 16th century as a pejorative term for “worthless vagrants” [2]. Its earliest use in a musical sense was in 1517 in the Latin grammar of J.A. Turmair. In the first centuries of the early modern period,  Gassenhauer was a neutral term for a simple secular song popular among the urban population. In 1535, for example, a collection of secular multi-part songs with the title  Gassenhawerlin und Reutterliedlin was published in Frankfurt am Main; essentially it was addressed to the bourgeois…
Date: 2019-10-14