The violinist in Gmünd
The Biedermeier poet Justinus Kerner (1786–1862), who had been a senior doctor in Gaildorf since 1815 , discovered in 1815 or 1816 a depiction of the holy sorrow with an accompanying legend in the little Andreaskirche in Schlechtbach near Gschwend . When his poet friend Ludwig Uhland visited Kerner in Gaildorf in September 1816, the "Geiger" was conceived on September 3, 1816 as the two friends exchanged ideas on a walk. The goldsmith appearing in the caring legend and the Schwäbisch Gmünder's well-known sense of merrymaking (keyword "Gaudia mundi") moved Kerner to relocate the story to the nearby town on the Rems , to a fictional, never-existing chapel of St. Cecilia , the patroness the music. Upon repeated reminders from Uhland, Kerner edited the ballad ready for printing in October 1816; through the mediation of his friend, it was able to appear in Cotta's “ Morgenblatt für educated Estates ” in Stuttgart on December 9, 1816.
The figure of the poor violinist, who through his music touches the image of St. Cecilia in a Gmünder chapel so much that it throws him his golden shoe and who is suspected of being a church thief when he shows the gift and is immediately sentenced to death, until the renewed intervention by the saint, who also gives him her second shoe, proves his innocence - this figure undoubtedly arouses the longing for a better world in which instead of envy and hate there is happiness and harmony.
An opera fragment (text by Karl Heyl) with the title Der Geiger von Schwäbisch Gmünd. Opera in one act based on a medieval legend is in the Worms City Archives. It is contained in Manfred Heyl's estate .
- The violinist in Gmünd . On: hans-kloss.de. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
- www.deutsche-digitale-bibliothek.de (accessed on January 3, 2015)
- Peter Spranger : The violinist von Gmünd: Justinus Kerner and the story of a legend . Schwäbisch Gmünd 2nd edition 1991 ISBN 3-926043-08-3 Heidelberg University Library .