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Prior to the development of systems of notation, music travelled slowly in the middle ages. Songs and instrumentals had to be learned 'by ear', from one person who knew a song to another person. This limited the geographical spread of music and explains why the role of troubadour was synonymous with traveller.
Troubadours were often clergy educated inventors of poetry and song. While the troubadours enjoyed a certain status their assistants, the illiterate and itinerant jongleurs were deemed to be untrustworthy vagabonds. Their repertoire included various acts including, acrobatics, conjuring, dancing and juggling.
The clergy were eventually to associate the jongleurs with such dubious 'professions' as prostitution. Henceforth they were subject to certain theologically instituted legal restrictions including refusal of the eucharist on account of putting their bodies to unlawful use.
Later in the medieval period the foundations of notational and theoretical practices were laid enabling composers and musicians to set out their songs on paper. This made it possible for songs to reach a wider audience. Music could now travel on paper rather than in person.