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Musician
(2,278 words)

1. Occupational title

In the early Middle Ages, a musician (from the Greek mousikós, Latin musicus) was still generally a scholar working with speculative music theory, and of superior status to the practitioner of music (Latin musicus practicus, musicus poeta). The meaning of the term changed drastically from the dawn of the early modern period as the practice of music increased in…

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Spohr, Arne, “Musician”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024391>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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