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Posse mit Gesang
German - Late 18th and early 19th century
Literally, 'farce with singing'. Popular entertainment associated with Vienna, Berlin and Hamburg. Similar to the Singspiel, but with more action and less music.
Specialized forms:
  • Characterposse: concentrating on personalities
  • Lokalposse: concentrating on daily life themes, associated with the playwright Karl von Marinelli
  • Situationsposse: concentrating on social situations
  • Zauberposse: concentrating on magic
Also known as Posse, Possenspiel or Possenspil.

Notable composers: Kreutzer, Müller, Schubert
Wenzel Müller (1767-1835)
Ferdinand Raimund (1790-1836)