William Tell (play)

William Tell (play)

"William Tell" (German: "Wilhelm Tell") is a drama written by Friedrich Schiller in 1804. The story focuses on the legendary Swiss marksman William Tell as well as on the Swiss struggle for independence from the Habsburg Empire in the early 14th century.

Composition

The William Tell play was composed by Friedrich Schiller between 1803 and 1804..] Since its publication, Schiller’s "William Tell" has been translated into many languages, including Slovene, Croatian, Turkish, Romansh and Hebrew..] After his friend, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, had returned from his second journey to the Lake of Lucerne in 1779, Schiller started collecting sources.Chronicon Helveticum" (Latin: ‘Swiss Chronicle’), Johannes von Müller’s "History of the Swiss Confederation" (German: "Geschichten Schweizerischer Eidgenossenschaft"), as well as two chronicles of Petermann Etterlin and Johannes Stumpf..] In the summers of 1912 to 1914 and again between 1931 and 1939, Schiller's play was staged in Interlaken. Since 1947, the play has been performed annually at the Tellspiele in Interlaken. In 2004, Schiller’s play was staged for the first time on the Rütli Meadow (German: Rütliwiese) on occasion of its 200th anniversary. Since 1937, it has furthermore been performed every Labor Day weekend in New Glarus, Wisconsin, in both English and German.

Adolf Hitler was enthusiastic about Schiller’s play. Not only did he quote directly from it in his prison writings "Mein Kampf", but he also approved of a German/Swiss coproduction of the play in which Karin von Kantzow, mistress and later wife of Hermann Göring, played the role of Tell’s wife, Hedwig.

Although Schiller’s play was frequently staged during the Nazi regime, it was banned from public performance in 1941..]

References

* "TELL-Freilichtspiele Interlaken".

External links

* [http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2782"Wilhelm Tell by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller"] .


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