Economics & the role of the musician in society. Many early professional musicians were dependent on the church of the court for their livelihoods. Outside of the church there started to be recognized musicians. Lyric poets or poet-musicians of france in the 12th and 13th centuries. Poets working the south of france, writing in proven al, are generally termed troubadours; those of the north, writing in french, are called trouv res. Their job was to write poetry that appealed the their employer, usually full of compliments to their patron. High class poetry the music was lost but lyrics and poetry still exist. Adam de la halle, jeu de robin et de marion they were seen as thieves or vagabonds: melody exists, but not specific instrument. Mercantile system starts to develop, and more people earn money leisure time learn to play instruments. Printing press exists, composing and printing music could be traded and sold and circulated.