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Beyond BachMusic and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century$
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Andrew Talle

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040849

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252040849.001.0001

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How Professional Musicians Were Compensated

How Professional Musicians Were Compensated

(p.205) Chapter 10 How Professional Musicians Were Compensated
Beyond Bach

Andrew Talle

University of Illinois Press

Chapter ten presents an account of the lives and careers of musicians, with a particular emphasis on the diverse ways they were compensated for their work. Boys who dreamed of becoming organists, cantors, and kapellmeisters in eighteenth-century Germany often endured discouragement and even contempt from the authority figures in their lives. Pursuit of such work on behalf of courts or cities seldom brought fame or fortune, and many professional musicians often endured hardship. Those who persevered were compensated largely by the freedom to spend their careers doing what they loved to do, and by the encouragement they received from fellow music enthusiasts. The primary means by which most organists interacted with the communities they served was not performing but rather private teaching.

Keywords:   Professional Musicians, Organists, Keyboardists, Compensation, Hostility to Music, Court Employment, City Employment, Performing, Teaching

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