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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The art in general, or some accredited composition, of the mastersingers or meistersänger. See master singer.

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Examples

  • -- When all are assembled, Pogner declares his intention of giving his daughter to the winner of the master-song on the day of St John's festival, and all applaud his resolution.

    The Standard Operaglass Detailed Plots of One Hundred and Fifty-one Celebrated Operas

  • She tells him that her hand is promised to the winner of the prize for a master-song, to be sung on the following morning.

    The Standard Operaglass Detailed Plots of One Hundred and Fifty-one Celebrated Operas

  • Sachs then declares that this is indeed a master-song, and will win Walther the prize he so much desires; he and Walther go off to attire themselves for the contest, and Beckmesser limps in.

    Richard Wagner

  • He lays before them his idea of giving, with proper ceremony, a name to the master-song born in his house.

    The Wagnerian Romances

  • -- "A beautiful song, and a master-song, how am I to seize the distinction between them?" asks the singer of the beautiful song which had been despised.

    The Wagnerian Romances

  • Whereupon Kothner proceeds, addressing Walther: "Are you prepared, now, at once, to attempt an original master-song, new in conception, original both in text and tune?"

    The Wagnerian Romances

  • Then Walther relates his dream, meeting Sachs's request for a master-song by casting it as he goes, with the light ease of genius, into verse and melody, -- his second astonishing improvisation, joyous as the first, but not agitated -- reflective, as if he filled Sordello's account of himself: "_I 'mi son un che quando Amore spira, noto, e quel che detta dentro vo significando. _"

    The Wagnerian Romances

  • "Listen, child," Sachs bids Eva, in the short pause between the verses, "that is a master-song!"

    The Wagnerian Romances

  • Sachs then declares that this is indeed a master-song, and will win Walther the prize he so much desires; he and

    Richard Wagner Composer of Operas

  • Walther pleads his suit with Eva and her maidservant Magdalena; then we have the apprentices, amongst them Magdalena's sweetheart David, to some rollicking choruses and to their own music -- the burghers 'music played four times as fast; and next David instructs Walther in the rules to be observed if he wishes to compose a master-song and to be admitted to the guild.

    Richard Wagner Composer of Operas

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