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Old 21st June 2010
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Originally Posted by psalad View Post
Up until recently, most musicians in modern history were more like slaves... they were hired by the rich. Mozart. Wagner had money problems much of his life. Beethoven depended on art patrons to keep him afloat. Very different then the blip of time when artists became some of the highest income earners.
This is, for the most part, accurate (replace "slaves" with "servants"). Only since the 19th century with the emergence of the "virtuoso", such as Liszt, did musicians become really wealthy.