What are you doing there? Is it a song-school today? Let me tell you, the small box! During the following chorus the apprentices, under the supervision of David, take down the large construction which they had put up in the middle of the stage and erect in its place a smaller stage.
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As the congregation of St. After the parishioners have filed out, she informs her suitor that she is to be betrothed the next day to the winner of a song contest sponsored by the local Mastersingers. When Sachs suggests that Eva - and the people - should have some say in the matter, Pogner announces she may reject the winner but must marry a Mastersinger. Now Walther introduces himself, describing his self-taught, natural methods of composition.
ACT II. Eva, arriving with her father, gets the sad news from Magdalene. Eva visits the cobbler, and though she confesses she would be glad if Sachs himself won the contest, her dismay at his pretended disapproval of Walther betrays her true feelings. Running off in a huff, she is intercepted by Walther, who begs her to elope with him, and they hide when the Night Watchman passes.
When the clerk begins his tune, however, Sachs launches into a lusty cobbling song, pleading a need to finish his work. At length they agree that Sachs will drive a nail only when Beckmesser breaks a rule of style. Pogner leads Eva inside while Sachs drags Walther and David into his shop; the Watchman intones the hour.
Reading a book in his study the next morning, Sachs forgives David his unruly behavior and bids him recite his St. Sachs recognizes a potential prize song; taking down the words, he helps the knight fashion them with an ear for form and symmetry.
When they depart, Beckmesser limps in and noses around. Beckmesser, certain of victory, rushes out. Eva now visits Sachs on the pretext of a pinching shoe; Walther returns dressed for the festival and repeats his prize song for her. She is torn between the two men, but the wise older man turns her to the younger.
When Magdalene comes in, Sachs promotes David to journeyman with a box on the ear and asks Eva to bless the new song, which all five join in praising. Then they go off to the contest. In a meadow outside the city, guilds and citizens assemble under festive banners. After a joyful waltz, the Masters file in, Sachs getting a spontaneous hand from his people, which in turn inspires moving thanks from him.
The clerk turns furiously on Sachs and stumbles off. Sachs, however, convinces him otherwise, extolling tradition and its upholders as well as its fresh innovators.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Time: Middle of the Sixteenth Century. Place: Nuremburg. The style of the music in each adapts itself plastically to the character of the story. A tragic passion, inflamed by the arts of sorcery inspired the former. The latter is a thoroughly human tale set to thoroughly human music.
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What are you doing there? Is it a song-school today? Let me tell you, the small box! During the following chorus the apprentices, under the supervision of David, take down the large construction which they had put up in the middle of the stage and erect in its place a smaller stage. On this they place a stool with a little desk before it, next to it a large black slate on which a piece of chalk is hung by a string.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Libretto
Scene 1: Interior of Katharinenkirche St. Scene 2 As the other apprentices set up the church for the meeting, David warns Walther that it is not easy to become a mastersinger; it takes many years of learning and practice. Many of the tunes he describes were real master-tunes from the period. Walther is confused by the complicated rules, but is determined to try for a place in the guild anyway. Meanwhile, Pogner introduces Walther to the other mastersingers as they arrive.