Made a citizen of the city of Nürnberg, Germany in 1459 and master barber of the city in 1486, Folz was a reformer of the meistersangs, adding 27 new tones to those that had been allowed by the twelve "Alten Meister" (old masters) up to that point. His Meisterlieder (a type of song), of which he wrote about a thousand, were mostly devoted to religious questions. He also wrote twelve Fastnachtsspiele (short plays that made light of people in medieval society, for instance farmers, priests, and the bourgeoisie) in the same style as Hans Rosenplüt, but with more subtle language.
According to Albert Wimmer's Anthology of Medieval German Literature, "Folz’s plays were trendsetters in the development of moderately dramatic plays (so-called «Handlungsspiele»)" .
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