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[+] Kinderman, William. "Hans Sachs's 'Cobbler's Song,' Tristan, and the 'Bitter Cry of the Resigned Man.'" Journal of Musicological Research 13, nos. 3-4 (1993): 161-84.

Wagner's Die Meistersinger makes several allusions to Tristan und Isolde. These begin furtively in the second act, gradually come near the surface, and culminate in Act III, scene 4. The allusions include explicit quotations of the Tristan chord and a passage originally sung by King Marke, a relationship in key, orchestration and voice leading that is reminiscent of the love music in Tristan, and an adaptation of larger formal structure from the prelude to Tristan. Analysis of the above, as well as the "Cobbler's Song" from Act II, helps reveal the complexity and meaning of Hans Sachs's inner conflict and resignation.

Works: Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (161-83).

Sources: Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (161, 170, 172-83).

Index Classifications: 1800s

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