Till Eulenspiegel

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Till Eulenspiegel. Tone-poem for orch., Op.28, by R. Strauss, full title being Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, nach alter Schelmenweise—in Rondeauform—für grosses Orchester gestetzt ( Till Eulenspiegel's merry pranks, in the manner of an old rogue—in rondo form—set for full orchestra). Comp. 1894–5, f.p. Cologne 1895 cond. Wüllner. Strauss abandoned idea of opera on the subject 1893–4. Till's adventures were first told in a 15th-cent. book and remain part of Ger. folklore. Other composers who have treated the subject incl. Alpaerts (symphonic poem), Blockx (opera, 1900), Jeremiáš (opera, 1949), Rezniček (opera, 1902), and M. Steinberg (ballet). Strauss's score has been basis of several ballets, incl. one by Nijinsky (1916).

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Till Eulenspiegel (tĬl oi´lən-shpē´gəl) [Ger.,=owl-mirror, hence English Owlglass], a north German peasant clown of the 14th cent. who was immortalized in chapbooks describing his practical jokes on clerics and townsfolk. The first Till chapbook (c.1500) was probably in Saxon, but the story it told spread all over Europe and North Britain. Till is the hero of a tone poem by Richard Strauss and of many novels, poems, and stories. Tyll Ulenspiegel is one of the variant spellings.

See K. R. H. MacKenzie's adaptation in English, Master Tyll Owlglass (1890).

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Eulenspiegel, Till ( Strauss). See Till Eulenspiegel.

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Eulenspiegel, Till a German peasant (in English, Owlglass) of the 14th century whose jokes were the subject of a 16th-century collection of satirical tales.

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Till Eulenspiegel: see Eulenspiegel, Till.