The German tradition of musical composition and performance by the Meistersinger.
Flourishing particularly in the 16th century amongst the urban lower and middle classes, Meistergesang dealt especially with religious themes. It made use of monophonic tones performed without instrumentation, normally by a solo voice.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The North American Review. From German Meistergesang from Meister + Gesang singing, song, after Middle High German meistersanc.