Source: IBN Live; Author: Narayana Vishwanath; Photo Courtesy: Google   

In earlier years we had the chamber music of an aristocratic society, where the patron retained musicians for his own entertainment and for the pleasure of his circle of friends, or temple music where the musician was the servant of God. We know that music existed only under cultivated patronage in those times, and in its own intimate environment. It corresponded to all that was most classical in the European tradition. Public concerts were unknown and the livelihood of the artist did not depend on his/her ability and will to amuse the crowd. In other words musicians were protected, the musician was under no pressure to be anything but a musician.

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