Reminiscence (Latin reminisci " remember " ) is a term for a reminder or a hint of something earlier.

Conceptual history

The term was used primarily from the early 20th century in the written language. For example, wrote Bertha von Suttner end of the 19th century in her novel Lay Down Your Arms:

"I've realized too late that the battle zeal nothing more than human, but sub- human is, not a mystical revelation, but a reminiscence from the realm of animality, a reawakening of bestiality. "

Today, the term is not as commonly used in this meaning. It is used in language use rather still synonymous for a kind of homage. Here, in contrast to the tribute, mostly minor references and memories meant within the work of art. While the term tribute a certain reverence is included, a throwback wants to look more reminiscent of something better but it should not be forgotten. Both terms can not be clearly distinguishable from each other.

Painters, directors, sculptors and composers recall their works sometimes by reminiscences of deceased colleagues by quoting them on artistic style. Also concerts and sporting events, as a reminiscence of famous predecessor.


In the literature one speaks of a throwback, if at one point in a work is an echo of a formulation of a work by another author is recognizable, so that you realize that the writer has known the older work and alludes to or inspiration from it allowed.


In the operetta of the 20th century, the reminiscence is a short recurrence of a song or the song or of the refrain at the end of the work. Thus, the figures are, however, brought the main " hit" of the piece again in memory the crucial feelings history, the viewer. In the early 20th century, the Final Act of the musical works were often almost entirely of reminiscences of almost all the main songs from the preceding acts.


In psychology we call reminiscence remembering in a second memory test on an item that has not been recalled at a first memory test.

Church year

Derived from reminiscence is Sunday Reminiszere or Reminiscere, as well as the Sunday of Lent 2nd Sunday of the present Easter Lent or Lent ( ie five weeks before Easter ). The name of the Sunday Reminiszere derives from the beginning of the Latin antiphon of the Introit: Reminiscere miserationum tuarum, Domine, et misericordiarum tuarum quae sunt e saeculo. (Ps 25, 6 ;) See Oculi, Laetare, Judica, Palmarum.