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"Werther" im Volkslied

Karin Vorderstemann
Lied und populäre Kultur / Song and Popular Culture
49. Jahrg. (2004), pp. 49-79
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30043704
Page Count: 31
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Abstract

The reception of Goethe's Die Leiden des jungen Werther [The Sorrows of Young Werther] into German folksong has rarely been researched. Werther songs, however, considerably helped to popularize the novel. In sentimental laments, humorous counter-songs and a satirical street-ballad Werther, Lotte and Albert were brought to those that did not take part in the literary life of the time. The enormous popularity of Werther's passion is also indicated by the re-labelling of existing songs as Werther songs. The numerous oral, written and printed versions of all these give a comprehensive account of the popular reception of Werther from the late 18th to the early 20th century.

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