Blond Eckbert is an opera by Scottish composer Judith Weir. The composer wrote the English-language libretto herself, basing it on the cryptic supernatural short story Der blonde Eckbert by the German Romantic writer Ludwig Tieck. ALTHOUGH Ludwig Tieck’s Mdrchen-. Erzihlung, “Der blonde Eckbert” (),’ has provoked a major psychoanalyst and several literary critics and scholars to. 2 Ludwig Tieck, Der blonde Eckbert, Mdrchen-Erzdihlungen. Mit einem. Nachwort von Konrad Nufbiicher ([Reclams] Universal-Bibliothek Nr. ; Stuttgart.

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What sayest thou, Eckbert?

In a distant chamber, he walked to and fro in indescribable disquiet. Books and cats lover rated it it was amazing Aug 18, Will he not perchance—for such is human nature—be seized by an unfortunate avaricious craving for our precious stones, and scheme and dissemble in the hope of acquiring them? These ethical ambiguities, though, centering around the character of the old woman, remain and give rise to a multitude of other dilemmas and considerations, many of which have yet to be satisfactorily examined.

Faint and bewildered, he heard the old woman speaking, the dog barking, and the bird repeating its song. Here, like an unquiet spirit, he hurried to and fro from room to room; no thought would stay with him; out of one frightful idea he fell into another still more frightful, and sleep never visited his eyes.

At the same time I was tortured by a gnawing hunger; I sat down, and made up my mind to die.

He roved about; the sweat was standing on his brow; he found no game, and this embittered his ill-humour. In looking for an explanation, he suggests that the figure of Walther in his various forms is a representation of memory and his murder as a sign of how what is remembered is intolerable. Ludwwig eventually his resistance crumbled; one day when just the two of them were out taking the air on horseback, he told his friend his entire story and then asked him if he was really capable of loving a murderer.

In a dreamy mood he mounted a hill: The rest of the time I would hear them incessantly saying of me that I was a simple, stupid child who was incapable of carrying out the most insignificant tasks, and who was in fer ridiculously clumsy and utterly incompetent, that I dropped everything that came into my hands, that I had learnt neither to sew nor to spin, that I was of no use whatsoever around the house; but I understood very clearly what dire straits my parents were in.


In other languages Add links. Retrieved from ” https: Lists with This Book. Some critics accuse Tieck, as the Berlin city-dweller, of sentimentalizing nature, and for evidence point to the first refrain of the bird’s chorus about the luddwig innocence of Waldeinsamkeit.

Later, having found a new friend in Hugo, Eckbert is again compelled to confess his story in full. Eckbert lay on the ground in a mortal delirium; in the torpor and confusion of his final moments he heard the old woman talking, the dog yapping, and the bird launching once again into its song.

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She appeared before me like a miracle, and I loved her quite beyond all measure. There was now no end to his song; he sang it louder and more shrilly than he had been wont. Thou mayest remember, often as I talked of my childhood, I could never call to mind the name blinde the dog that was so long beside me: Trivia About Der Blonde Ludwiy. Tommasini recognises Weir’s musical voice as individual but he considers her to be more interested in consolidating the musical past than innovation or contemporary schools of music.

There were many hours in which he felt so much impressed with his entire worthlessness, that he believed no mortal not a stranger to his history, could entertain regard for him. I forgot myself and my conductress; bolnde spirit and my eyes were wandering among the shining clouds. I could believe that this man, too, was none but Walther. So too is Eckbert’s punishment rather inexplicable: Luxwig thou wilt say Some other day ‘Twere best to stay Alone in wood so gay.

Especially Der Blonde Eckbert Eckbert was only ever cheerful for a few moments at a time, for he distinctly felt that his companion loved him only out of some misapprehension; Hugo did not know him and was unacquainted with his history, and once again Eckbert felt the urge to confide unreservedly in another person, to tell Hugo everything about himself by hieck of assuring himself that the young man was truly his friend.


The more I lkdwig it, the more frightened it made me; finally, I opened the cage, stuck my hand in, grabbed the bird by the throat, and gave it a hearty squeeze; the bird gazed back at me imploringly; I let go of it, but it was already dead.

Der Blonde Eckbert

But it seemed to be his doom that, in the very hour of confidence, he should always find materials for suspicion. To dissipate his feelings, he occasionally moved to the neighbouring town, where he mingled in society and its amusements.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. For the reader, the disturbance is similarly unsettling, leaving a distinct sense of unease and confusion, yet fulfilling precisely Tieck’s poetic goal.

Bertha was unwell next day, and ludwiig not come to breakfast; Walther did not seem to trouble himself much about her illness, but left her husband also rather coolly.

The Importance of Ambiguity in Tieck’s “Der blonde Eckbert”

That being said, however, the ending still leaves one with lots of questions about guilt and the morality of the tale, because it’s not as straightforward as the narrator would like the reader to think. Fichte, work together in this complex system: I previously rated Der blonde Eckbert blondd 3 stars.

Is the old woman a symbol of judgment or revenge, meting out punishment to the wicked? If so, how stands this man connected with my destiny?

Der blonde Eckbert / Der Runenberg

Eventually Eckbert comes to the place described by Berthe as where she met the old woman. Hugo was moved and tried to soothe him; with a lightened heart Eckbert followed him back into town. He decided to embark on a journey in the hope of recomposing his disordered imagination; by now he had permanently renounced every thought of friendship and all desire for the company of other people.