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The Court's System of Incentives and the Socio-Economic Status of Court Musicians in the Late 16th Century


  • Peter Tschmuck


This paper investigates the compensation of Court musicians in the late 16thcentury, a period of transitionfrom a medieval feudal system to a market economy. Using data from theTyrolian archives, the paper demonstratesthat one cannot measure the socio-economic status of Court musicians in theHousehold of Archduke Ferdinand IIin Innsbruck only by their wages, but that one must also take intoconsideration all of the financial, material, andnon-material incentives that a Court might provide in the late 16th century.The incentives provided byArchduke Ferdinand's Court in Tyrol constitute a patronage system that isrepresentative of other Courts at the time. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

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  • Peter Tschmuck, 2001. "The Court's System of Incentives and the Socio-Economic Status of Court Musicians in the Late 16th Century," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 25(1), pages 47-62, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jculte:v:25:y:2001:i:1:p:47-62
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1007612329921

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