Payments to the town musicians for their participation in church music (1787)
Nördlingen R36 F10 Nr. 20 p. 275
At the meeting of the Nördlingen town council on 11 April 1787, a letter from the musician Johann Peter Hetsch (1761-1806) was read out, in which he asked the magistrate a few days after the death of his father Johann Leonhardt Hetsch (1729-1787) to have his musician’s position and the additional weekly allowance of 15 kreuzers paid from the Protestant Latin school’s budget transferred to him. The council then asks the administrator of the church funds, Georg Adam Frickhinger (1735-1816), to draw up a list of which musicians receive which fees from the coffers of the "Löbl: Geistlichen Pflegen" (worthy religious administration). This list can be seen here.
The aforementioned musicians were paid the following weekly amounts in addition to their salary as town musicians:
It cannot be ignored that the majority of Nördlingen’s town musicians at this time came from one and the same family, called Hetsch. Members of the Hetsch dynasty can be traced as musicians in Nördlingen since the beginning of the 17th century. The widespread family also provided several court musicians in Stuttgart in the 18th century, and family members also took up professions such as instrument maker, notary or even became mayors.