Franz Poenitz Trouvere (Minnesänger), Salon Piece for harp op. 69
In his work Trouvère, the subtitle Minnesänger reveals his intentions. The German expression literally translates as ‘singer of love’, even though it is also a historical term referring to the poet-musicians of the middle ages, who often accompanied themselves on small harps. Trouvère is the Northern French (langue d’oïl) version of the Southern French (langue d’oc) term troubadour. The singer intones a pentatonic motive that unfolds like an improvisation, with the leaps and sighs of a heart gradually sublimating its feelings.