The Social Status of the Professional Musician from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century

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Preface

This publication presents the findings of a group of specialists of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung.

During the Society's Seventh International Congress in 1958 in Cologne, West Germany, a working group discussed socio-historical problems, particularly conditions of the musician in medieval society. The stimulating debate, in which experts from seven nations took part, concluded with the wish that this discourse on the social determination of music and musicians, under various conditions, past and present, might be continued, deepened, and expanded. In view of the fact that a number of special studies had in the meantime appeared in print, such an opportunity was offered at the annual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, in Coburg in 1965. It became increasingly evident that the young discipline of the Sociology of Music required the encouragement of the parent organization, in order that this special field, the concern of only a few specialists, might exert a more telling influence on musicology as a whole.

Currently, research that directs its attention primarily to the sociological aspects of music falls into two categories: either we find a collection of random facts about music and music-making, which does little towards furthering our understanding without the

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