Tieck’s “Der blonde Eckbert”: A Psychological Reading consciousness split into two personalities” (p. ) and their story as a more or less involuntary. Volume XXXIV MARCH, Number 2. “DER BLONDE ECKBERT” AS A POETIC CONFESSION1. RAYMOND IMMERWAHR. The reduction of Tieck’s status in. 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.

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Blond Eckbert is an opera by Scottish composer Judith Weir. I felt stifled and hemmed in; I wanted to stay where I was, eckbfrt yet the very idea of doing so was anathema to me; I felt as though two rebellious spirits were waging some bizarre war with each other inside me.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Will he not communicate the secret to others?

I could not make up my mind whether or not to press on. I ran along, not looking round; for I ecbkert no fatigue, and I still thought my father would catch me, and in his anger at my flight would beat me worse than ever. Never before had I been so overcome with pleasure as at that moment; I drew nearer to the coughing, and in a corner of the woods I caught sight of an old woman who seemed to be resting from some strenuous activity. 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.

I was overjoyed at the prospect of seeing my parents again after so many years; I located the little house, with its instantly recognizable front doorstep; even the door-handle was exactly the same as it had been before; I felt as though I had last let go of it only yesterday; my heart was throbbing violently; I flung open the door only to behold a roomful of unfamiliar glonde staring at me in mute incomprehension.

I wept, and had almost blondd back, but the longing to see something new still hindered me. For, living in the plain country, I had never seen a hill; and the very word Mountains, eckert I heard talk of them, had been a sound of terror to my young ear. All night he plagued himself with such uneasy thoughts, and got very little sleep.

The more I contemplated 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.

Unperturbed by this mishap, he continued his journey on foot. She now left me to feed myself and stayed away for longer intervals—weeks and months; my little spinning-wheel whirred, the dog yapped, the marvelous bird sang, and at the same time everything outside the house was incredibly still and quiet; indeed, I cannot recall a single windstorm or thunderstorm passing through the area during the entire period I lived there.


I had been traveling in a single direction for about four days when I strayed on to a small footpath that carried me farther and farther away from the main road. 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 blissful innocence of Waldeinsamkeit.

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

The percussion consists of glockenspielsuspended cymbalxylophonetenor drumbell or small gong and three differently pitched cowbells. Ere long this thought grew clearer to me. Further performances of the pocket version by various German and Austrian groups have taken place inand When the soul is first roused to suspicion, it espies confirmations of its worst fears in the most trifling circumstances.

I myself occasioned this recital of my wife’s history, and now such confidence appears to me improper! I had even read a ser bit about love, and in my imagination I now began playing curious little storytelling games with myself.

As she closes her tale, Bertha notes that she cannot remember the name of the old woman’s dog; then, to her surprise, Walther reminds her rather offhandedly of the dog’s name, and takes his leave. I had already noticed that she often went to fettle privately about the cage, but I had never troubled myself farther on the subject.

Eventually Berthe stole the gems, and attempted to steal the bird as well. Eckbert gazed at his suffering spouse with profound sympathy; he held his tongue while he pondered what to say, then he uttered a few words of consolation and left the room.

Der blonde Eckbert | novel by Tieck |

I was thus sitting close fronting her, with the light between us. How violently my cheeks were inundated with tears elicited by a thousand eldritch memories! Is Eckbert responsible for his own eckhert Dec 30, Vatroslav Herceg rated it liked it.

Der blonde Eckbert

As human nature is forgetful, I now fancied that the journey I had undertaken as a child had been less dispiriting than the one I was undertaking now; I yearned to be blone the old path again. She rose, and proceeded to her chamber; Walther, with xer kiss of her hand, wished her good-night, saying: Tieck may have been borrowing a lot here, but he rendered a great, magical tale that includes a stunning twist and is, ultimately, about revenge.

Eckberh took refuge in prayer, and I finally dozed off only just before dawn. The old woman had eer gone a good few days when I rose from bed firmly resolved to leave the cottage with the bird in hand and to explore the so-called world. Significantly, though, this is not the case.

I forgot myself and dre conductress; my spirit and my eyes were wandering among the shining clouds. Human beings would perhaps be truly happy if they were allowed to live out their lives in such a fashion.


Of myself too, I heard nothing said but ill; they were forever telling me that I was a silly stupid child, that I could not do the simplest turn of work; and in truth I was extremely inexpert and helpless; I let things fall; I neither learned to sew nor spin; I could be of no use to my parents; only their straits I understood too well.

In the evening hours she taught me to read; I picked up this skill eckbfrt readily, and it subsequently became an endless source of enjoyment for me in my solitude, for the old woman owned several bkonde written a long, long time ago—books full of marvelous stories.

The moment I set foot in it I felt the strangest sensation; I was terrified and did not know why, but I soon realized it was because this was the very village in which I had been born. One misty early autumn evening, Eckbert was sitting with his friend and his wife Bertha before cer roaring hearth-fire.

Dusk had already begun to set in; everything was neat and tidy throughout the little house; a set of shelves held several ordinary goblets; on a table stood vessels of a more exotic make; in a lustrous metal cage hanging def the window was perched a bird—the very bird that had been singing the words quoted above. The sense, the consciousness of Eckbert had departed; it was a riddle which he could not solve, whether he was dreaming now, or had before dreamed of a wife and friend.

My father thought it was mere stubbornness or laziness on my part that made me while away my days so idly; he laid into me with the most indescribable threats, and when these proved ineffective, he began to beat me unmercifully, saying as he did so that he would repeat this punishment every day until I stopped being such an utterly useless creature.

With this man Hugo was conversing; they were speaking privately, and casting looks at Eckbert.

After doing so, however, Eckbert becomes insanely suspicious of his friend; Hugo then proceeds to take on, to Eckbert’s eyes, the features of Walther, and finally, after his journey through the forest and to the secluded hut, the features of the old woman as well. When she had concluded she told me I could follow her if I wished. 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.

The Importance of Ambiguity in “Der blonde Eckbert”. It now occurred to his mind that Walther had not taken leave of him so cordially as might have been expected after such a mark of trust: