1600-09

<1550-15991610-1619>

* = approximate date

1600

Jan 28

  • Giulio Rospigliosi born (Pistoia, Italy) Italian theologian, priest, poet, opera librettist. Served as Pope Clement IX 1667-69. Died 1669

Feb

  • Emilio de Cavalieri’s oratorio / opera Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo [representation of soul and body] performed in Rome, lib. Agostino Manni. It has long been a matter of academic debate whether this is the oldest surviving opera or the first oratorio.

Apr 1

  • Giulio Cesare Monteverdi appointed organist at Mantua Cathedral

May 6

  • Luca Bati’s canon Saints Vitale and Agricola premiered in Florence

Jul 20

  • Simon Ives baptised (Ware, Hertfordshire) English composer, organist, teacher, violinist. Died 1662

Sep 5

  • Loreto Vittori born (Spoleto, Italy) Italian castrato singer, composer, librettist. Died 1670

Sep 26

  • Claude Le Jeune (c. 70) buried in Paris

Oct 5

  • Emilio de’ Cavalieri’s pastorella La contesa fra Giunone e Minerva [The contest between Juno and Minerva] premiered in Florence, an adaptation of Giovanni Battista Guarini’s poem

Oct 6

  • Jacopo Peri’s Euridice premiered at the wedding celebrations of Henry IV of France and Maria de’ Medici in Florence. It is considered the oldest surviving opera (see Feb 1600). Lib. Ottavio Rinuccini

Oct 9

  • Giulio Caccini’s opera Il rapimento di Cefalo [The Abduction of Cephalus] premiered at the wedding celebrations of Henry IV of France and Maria de’ Medici in Florence. Lib. Gabriello Chiabrera. Jacopo Peri is among the singers

Nov 25

  • Ginés Pérez de la Parra (c. 52) dies

Dec

  • Giovanni Artusi’s treatise L’Artusi published in Venice

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  • Giovanni Battista Abbatessa born (Bari) Italian composer, guitarist. Died c.1651
  • Carlo Farina born (Mantova, Italy) Italian composer, conductor, violinist. Died 1639
  • *Franciszek Lilius born (Poland) Polish composer. Leader of Krakow Cathedral orchestra 1630-57. Died 1657
  • Adam Václav Michna born (Jindrichuv Hradec, Czech Rep) Czech composer, organist, wine seller. Died 1676
  • *Étienne Moulinié born (Languedoc, France) French composer, music director. Died 1676
  • Pietro Paolo Sabbatini born (Rome) Italian composer, music director. Died 1657
  • Giovanni Felice Sances born (Rome) Italian tenor singer, composer, choirmaster. Died 1679
  • *Marco Scacchi born (Rome?) Italian composer, music theorist. Choirmaster in Warsaw 1628-49. Died c.1685
  • *Nicolas de la Grotte (c.70) dies
  • *Julien Perrichon (c.34) dies in Paris

publications

  • Adriano Banchieri’s song collection Il studio dilettevole published in Milan
  • John Dowland’s Second Booke of Songes or Ayres published in London
  • Antoine Francisque’s lute tablature Le Tresor d’Orphé published in Paris
  • Robert Jones’s The First Booke of Songes and Ayres of Foure Parts published in London
  • Orlande de Lassus’s motet collection Prophetiae Sibyllarum [The prophecy of the Sibyls] published in Munich
  • Philippe de Monte’s books of motets Sacrarum cantionum … liber septimus for 5 voices & Musica sopra Il pastor fido … libro secondo for 7 voices published in Venice
  • Thomas Morley’s The First Booke of Ayres published in London
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s mass books Missarum liber decimus for 4 to 6 voices & Missarum liber undecimus for 4 to 6 voices published in Venice
  • Benedetto Pallavicino’s madrigal book Il sesto libro de madrigali for 5 voices published in Venice
  • Salamone Rossi’s madrigal book Il primo libro de madrigali for 5 voices published in Venice
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria’s sacred music collection Missae, Magnificat, motecta, psalmi et alia quam plurima published in Madrid
  • Thomas Weelkes’s Third Set of Madrigals published in London

Emilio de Cavalieri c.1550-1602

1601

Jan 4

  • Laura Peverara (c. 50) dies in Ferrara

May 2

  • Athanasius Kircher born (Buchonia, Germany) German scholar, writer, polymath, scientist, inventor of the megaphone (or 2/5/1602). Died 1680

May 19

  • Costanzo Porta (c. 72) dies in Padua

Jun 1

  • Bartolomeo Ratti succeeds Costanzo Porta as maestro di cappella of the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua

Aug 16

  • Hans Leo Hassler appointed music director of the city of Nuremberg

Nov 26

  • Benedetto Pallavicino (c. 50) dies, probably in Mantua

Nov

  • Claudio Monteverdi appointed maestro di musica to Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga at Mantua, a post he holds until 1608

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  • Jacques Champion de Chambonnières born (Paris) French composer, harpsichordist, dancer. Died 1672
  • Michelangelo Rossi born (Genoa) Italian composer, violinist, organist. Died 1656
  • Delphin Strungk born (Wolfenbüttel, Germany) German composer, organist. Died 1694
  • Girolamo Dalla Casa (c. 60) dies in Venice
  • John Farmer (c. 36) dies in London
  • Giovanni Bassano appointed director of the instrumentalists at San Marco Basilica, Venice, as successor to Girolamo Dalla Casa, a post he holds until his death in 1617

publications

  • Adriano Banchieri’s song collection Il metamorfosi musicale & treatise Cartella published in Venice
  • Thomas Campion and Philip Rosseter’s A Book of Ayres published in London
  • Giovanni Croce’s church song collections Sacrae cantiones & Canzonette, libro primo for 3 voices published in Venice
  • Christoph Demantius’s collection of Polish and German dance music 77 neue ausserlesene, liebliche, zierliche, polnischer und teutscher Art, Täntze mit und ohne Texten published in Nuremberg
  • Melchior Franck’s Sacrarum melodiarum tomus primus [first book of sacred melody] published in Augsburg
  • Hans Leo Hassler’s Sacri concentus [the sacred concert] published in Augsburg & secular song and dance collection Lustgarten neuer teutscher Gesäng, Balletti, Gaillarden und Intraden published in Nuremberg
  • Robert Jones’s The Second Booke of Songs and Ayres published in London
  • Luzzasco Luzzaschi’s collection of madrigals for one to three voices Madrigali … per cantare et sonare a uno, e doi, e tre soprani published in Rome
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s mass books Missarum liber duodecimus for 4 to 6 voices & Missae quatuor for 8 voices published in Venice
  • The Triumphs of Oriana, a collection of madrigals compiled by Thomas Morley, published. 24 composers are represented: Michael East; Daniel Norcome; John Mundy; Ellis Gibbons; John Benet; John Hilton; George Marson; Richard Carlton; John Holmes; Richard Nicholson; Thomas Tomkins; Michael Cavendish; William Cobbold; Thomas Morley; John Farmer; John Wilbye; Thomas Hunt; Thomas Weelkes; John Milton; G. Kirbye; Robert Jones; John Lisley; Edward Johnson and Giovanni Croce
The Triumphs of Oriana, compiled by Thomas Morley (Chandos)

The Triumphs of Oriana, compiled by Thomas Morley (Chandos)

1602

Feb 3

  • Paulus Melissus (62) died in Heidelberg

Feb 14

  • Francesco Cavalli aka Pietro Francesco Caletti-Bruni born (Crema, Italy) Italian composer of 33 operas, organist, singer, choirmaster. Died 1676

Mar 2

  • Asprilio Pacelli appointed maestro di cappella at the Basilica of St Peter, Rome

Mar 11

  • Emilio de’ Cavalieri (c. 51) dies

Mar 27

  • Hans Leo Hassler appointed organist of St. Moritz church, Augsburg

Apr

  • William Lawes born (Salisbury) English composer, musician. Member of the court of Charles I of England. Brother of Henry Lawes (1596-1662). Died 1645 at the Battle of Rowton Heath

Jun 16

  • Lodovico D’Agliè’s ballet Combattimento delli cavalieri di Diana, e di Venere all’isola Polidora [combat between the knights of Diana and Venus on the island of Polidora] premiered in Turin

Sep 26

  • Giovenale Ancina appointed Bishop of Saluzzo

Oct 1

  • Hernando de Cabezón (61) dies in Valladolid

Oct 5

  • Thomas Morley (c. 44) dies in London

Oct 20

  • Sebastián de Vivanco appointed maestro de capilla at Salamanca Cathedral

Nov 29

  • Anthony Holborne (c. 57) dies in London of ‘a cold’

Dec 5

  • Giulio Caccini’s opera Euridice premiered in Florence. lib. Ottavio Rinuccini

Dec 29

  • Jacopo Corsi (41) dies

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  • Chiara Margarita Cozzolani born (Milan) Italian composer, Benedictine nun. Died c.1678
  • Marco Marazzoli born (Parma) Italian composer, priest, singer. Composer of 9 operas and 16 oratorios. Died 1662
  • Matthäus Waissel (c. 62) dies

publications

  • Felice Anerio’s hymn collection  Sacri hymni et cantica liber secundus & madrigal collection Madrigali, libro secondo for 6 voices published in Rome
  • Giulio Caccini’s song collection Le nuove musiche published in Florence
  • Christoph Demantius’s Trias precum vespertinarum [three evening prayers] published in Nuremberg
  • Melchior Franck’s church song collection Contrapuncti compositi deutscher Psalmen und anderer geistlichen Kirchengesäng & Musicalischer Bergkreyen published in Nuremberg
  • Marco da Gagliano’s madrigal book Il primo libro de madrigali published in Venice
  • Pierre Guédron’s book of airs Airs de court published in Paris
  • Orlande de Lassus’s collection of magnificats Liber primus cantiones sacrae Magnificat vocant published in Paris
  • Alonso Lobo’s book of masses Liber primus missarum published in Madrid
  • Cesare Negri’s treatise on dance, Le Gratie d’Amore [the grace of love], published in Milan
  • Costanzo Porta’s hymn collection Hymnodia sacra totius per anni circulum for 4 voices published in Venice
  • Jacob Regnart’s book of masses Missae sacrae ad imitationem selectissimarum cantionum suavissima harmonia published in Frankfurt
  • Salamone Rossi’s book of madrigals Il secondo libro madrigali published in Venice
  • Giovanni Maria Trabaci’s book of motets Motectorum published in Naples
  • Lodovico Grossi da Viadana’s Cento concerti con il basso continuo [100 concertos with basso continuo] published in Venice, the first widely published work with figured bass
  • Melchior Vulpius’s collection of sacred songs Pars prima Cantionum sacrarum published in Jena

Marco da Gagliano 1582-1643

1603

Feb 19

  • Sebastián de Vivanco appointed professor of music at the University of Salamanca

Mar 28

  • Stephan Otto born (Freiberg, Germany) German composer, kantor. Died 1656

Apr 3

  • William Smith baptised (Durham) English composer. Died 1645

Apr 22

  • Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Officium Defunctorum  premiered in honour of the late Empress Maria of Austria. Published in 1605

Jun

  • Baldassare Donato (c. 75) dies in Venice

Jul 4

  • Philippe de Monte (c. 82) dies in Prague

Sep 18

  • Pedro Rimonte appointed maestro de capilla at the Brussels court of Isabella of Spain

Sep 25

  • Stefano Felis (65) dies in Naples

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  • Benedetto Ferrari born (Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy) Italian composer, librettist, theorbo player. Died 1681
  • Denis Gaultier born (France) French composer, lutenist. Cousin of Ennemond Gaultier (1575-1651). Died 1672
  • Caspar Kittel born (Lauenstein, Germany) German composer. Died 1639
  • Johannes de Fossa (c. 63) dies

publications

  • Giovanni Artusi’s Seconda parte dell’Artusi published in Venice (see 1600)
  • Adriano Banchieri’s instrumental collection Fantasie, overo Canzoni alla francese published in Venice
  • Giovanni Croce’s lamentations for Holy Week Devotissime lamentationi et improperii per la Settimana Santa published in Venice
  • John Dowland’s Third Booke of Songes or Ayres published in London
  • Melchior Franck’s song collection Opusculum etlicher newer und alter Reuterliedlein published in Nuremberg & instrumental collection Newe Pavanen, Galliarden und Intraden published in Coburg
  • Carlo Gesualdo’s Sacrarum cantionum liber primus [first book of sacred songs] published in Naples
  • Claude Le Jeune’s song collection Le printemps [the spring] published in Paris
  • Duarte Lobo’s Officium Defunctorum  published in Lisbon
  • Ascanio Mayone’s keyboard collection Il Primo libro di diversi capricci per sonare published in Naples
  • Philippe de Monte’s madrigal book Il nono libro de madrigali for 6 voices published in Venice
  • Claudio Monteverdi’s madrigal book Il quarto libro de madrigali for 5 voices published in Venice
  • Peter Phillips’s madrigal book Il secondo libro de madrigali for 6 voices published in Antwerp
  • Jacob Regnart’s mass collections Continuatio missarum sacrarum… & Corollarium missarum sacrarum… published in Frankfurt
  • Salamone Rossi’s madrigal book Il terzo libro madrigali published in Venice
  • Melchior Vulpius’s collection of church songs Pars secunda selectissimarum Cantionum sacrarum published in Jena
  • Erasmus Widmann’s book of psalms and hymns Geistliche Psalmen und Lieder published in Nuremberg

Victoria – Officium Defunctorum [Requiem] (Archiv)

1604

Jan 17

  • Santino Garsi da Parma (61) dies in Parma

Feb 27

  • Emmanuel Adriaenssen (c. 50) dies in Antwerp

Mar 1

  • Edmund Hooper sworn in as a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal

Mar 9

  • Alonso Lobo appointed maestro de capilla at Seville cathedral

May 4

  • Claudio Merulo (71) dies in Parma

Jun

  • Robert Johnson appointed lutenist to James I, a post he holds until his death in 1633

Jul 8

  • Heinrich Albert born (Dresden) German composer, poet. Died 1651

Aug 20

  • William West appointed choirmaster of the Chapel Royal, London

Aug 30

  • Giovenale Ancina (58) dies in Saluzzo, probably deliberately poisoned

Sep 7

  • Lucas Osiander the elder (69) dies in Stuttgart

Sep 16

  • Leonard Lechner’s psalm Laudate Dominum, quoniam bonus est [Praise the Lord, because he is good] for 15 voices premiered in Dresden

Nov 17

  • Francesco Foggia born (Rome) Italian composer, organist, musical director, choirmaster, singer. Died 1688

Nov 26

  • Johannes Bach born (Wechmar, Germany) German composer, organist. Son of Johann Hans Bach (1550-1626), brother of Christoph (1613-61) and Heinrich (1615-92) Bach, father of Johann Aegidus Bach (1645-1716). Died 1673

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  • Sebastian Raval (c. 54) dies in Palermo

publications

  • Adriano Banchieri’s song collection Il zabaione musicale [eggnog music] published in Milan
  • Thomas Bateson’s The first set of English Madrigales: to 3, 4, 5, and 6 voices published in London
  • John Dowland’s song collection Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares published in London
  • Michael East’s Madrigales apt for Viols and Voices published in London
  • Melchior Franck’s song and dance collection Deutsche weltliche Gesäng und Täntze and two books of church music Sacrae melodiae ii and Tomus tertius melodiarum sacrarum published in Coburg
  • Marco da Gagliano’s madrigal book Il secondo libro de madrigali published in Venice
  • Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger’s Libro primo d’intavolatura di chitarrone [first book of tablature for the chitarrone] published in Venice
  • Orlande de Lassus’s collection of motets Magnum Opus Musicum published posthumously in Munich by his two sons
  • Luzzasco Luzzaschi’s madrigal book Il settimo libro de madrigali for 5 voices published in Venice
  • Claudio Merulo’s madrigal book Il secondo libro de madrigali for 5 voices published in Venice & book of organ toccatas Toccate d’intavolatura d’organo, libro secondo published in Rome
  • Benedetto Pallavicino’s madrigal book Il settimo libro de madrigali for 5 voices published in Venice
  • Pedro Ruimonte’s Missae Sex IV. V. et VI. Vocum [6 masses for 4, 5 or 6 voices] published in Antwerp
  • Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck’s psalm collection 50 pseaumes de David, mis en musique published in Amsterdam
  • Orazio Vecchi’s hymn book Hymni qui per totum annum in Ecclesia Romana concinuntur & madrigal-comedy Le veglie di Siena [the vigils of Siena] published in Venice
Title page of John Dowland's Lachrimae or Seven Tears

Title page of John Dowland’s Lachrimae or Seven Tears

1605

Jan 6

  • Ben Jonson’s The Masque of Blackness premiered in London, with sets by Inigo Jones and music by Alfonso Ferrabasco

Feb 19

  • Orazio Vecchi (54) dies in Modena

Mar 11

  • Antonio Bertali born (Verona) Italian composer, violinist. Died 1669

Mar 21

  • Orlando Gibbons appointed organist at the Chapel Royal

Apr 18

  • Giacomo Carissimi born (Rome) Italian composer, choirmaster, organist, singer. Wrote 17 oratorios and around 150 cantatas. Died 1674

Apr 19

  • Orazio Benevoli born (Rome) Italian composer, choirmaster. Died 1672

Jul 29

  • Simon Dach born (Klapeda, Lithuania) German hymnwriter, poet, playwright, teacher. Died 1659

Sep 17

  • Francesco Sacrati baptised (Venice) Italian composer of 8 operas, choirmaster. Died 1650

Sep 24

  • Manuel Mendes (c. 58) dies in Évora, Portugal

Oct 16

  • Charles Coypeau d’Assoucy born (Paris) French writer, composer, poet, lutenist and theorbo player. Died 1677

Oct 22

  • Jacopo Peri’s opera Il natal d’Ercole [the birth of Hercules], lib. Michelangelo Buonarroti, premiered in Florence

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  • *Michel de La Guerre born (Paris) French composer, organist. Died 1679
  • Christopher Simpson born (Egton, Yorks) English composer, viola gamba player, music theorist. Died 1669
  • Johann Vierdanck born (Dresden) German violinist, cornettist, composer. Died 1646
  • Pedro Bermúdez (47) dies in Puebla, Mexico
  • Antoine Francisque (c. 35) dies
  • *Cesare Negri (c.60) dies in Milan

publications

  • Adriano Banchieri’s collection of organ works L’organo suonarino & song collection Barca di Venetia per Padova [Venetian boat to Padua] published in Venice
  • William Byrd’s collection of church songs Gradualia: ac cantiones sacrae, liber primus (Gradualia I) published in London
  • Giovanni Croce’s sacred song collection Magnificat omnium tonorum [the tones of all] published in Venice
  • Melchior Franck’s second book of songs and dances Der ander Theil deutscher Gesäng und Täntze published in Coburg
  • Marco da Gagliano’s madrigal book Il terzo libro de madrigali published in Venice
  • Robert Jones’s collection of 21 songs with lute and viol parts Ultimum vale [the last farewell] published in London
  • Duarte Lobo’s Cantica Beatae Virginis [song of the blessed virgin] published in Antwerp
  • Claudio Merulo’s motet collection Il terzo libro de mottetti published in Venice
  • Claudio Monteverdi’s madrigal book Il quinto libro de madrigali for 5 voices published in Venice
  • Francis Pilkington’s The First Booke of Songs or Ayres published in London
  • Costanzo Porta’s psalm collection Psalmodia vespertina omnium solemnitatem decantanda cum 4 canticis beatae virginis for 8 or 16 voices & motet book Motectorum for 5 voices published in Venice
  • Michael Praetorius’s Musae Sioniae erster Theil published in Regensburg, the first of nine volumes of church songs
  • Jacob Regnart’s Sacrarum cantionum [sacred songs] published in Frankfurt

Orazio Vecchi 1550-1605

1606

Jan 5

  • Ben Jonson’s masque Hymenaei premiered in London, with sets by Inigo Jones and music by Alfonso Ferrabasco

Jan 28

  • Guillaume Costeley (c. 75) dies in Evreux, France

Feb 24

  • William Brade and John Dowland leave their positions at the court of King Christian IV in Copenhagen and return to England

Mar 3

  • William Davenant born (Oxford) English poet, playwright, librettist, theatrical producer. Wrote comedies, tragedies and the libretti for masques and one opera (Matthew Locke’s The Cruelty of the Spaniards in Peru). Was active before, after and during Cromwell’s rule. Godson of William Shakespeare. Died 1668

May 19

  • Edmund Hooper appointed organist at Westminster Abbey, the first regular appointment to the post

Sep 9

  • Leonhard Lechner (c.53) dies in Stuttgart

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  • William Child born (Bristol) English composer, organist. Died 1697
  • *Vinzenz Fux born (Weißkirchen in Steiermark, Austria) Austrian composer, organist. Died 1659
  • Johannes Khuen born (Moosach, Germany) German poet, composer, priest. Died 1675
  • Arcangelo Crotti dies. Birth date unknown. Italian composer from Ferrara
  • Agostino Agazzari’s pastoral drama Eumelio premiered in Rome. Described by historian Paul Lang as the first sacred opera

publications

  • Felice Anerio’s collection of liturgical chant Responsoria ad lectiones divini officii,,, published in Rome
  • Richard Allison’s An Hour’s Recreation in musicke, apt for instruments and voyces published in London
  • John Coprario’s song collection Funeral Teares published in London
  • Michael East’s The Second Set of Madrigales apt for Viols and Voices published in London
  • Marco da Gagliano’s madrigal book Il quarto libro de madrigali published in Venice
  • Hans Leo Hassler’s Melos gratulatorium [song of thanks] published in Strasbourg
  • Marc’Antonio Ingegneri’s madrigal book Il sesto libro de madrigali for 5 voices published in Venice
  • Claude Le Jeune’s Octonaires de la vanité et inconstances du monde [songs of the vanity and inconstancy of the world] published posthumously in Paris
  • Claudio Merulo’s collection of organ works Libro secondo di canzoni d’intavolatura d’organo fatte alla francese published in Venice
  • Girolamo Montesardo’s Nuova inventione d’intavolatura per sonare li balletti sopra la chitarra spanuola published in Florence, the first printed music for the guitar
  • Michael Praetorius’s motet collection Sacrarum motectarum primitiae published in Magdeburg
  • Johann Staden’s songbook Neue teutsche Lieder published in Nuremberg
  • Erasmus Widmann’s songbook Erster Theil neuer teutscher Gesänglein published in Nuremberg

Lucy Russell, Countess of Bedford, dressed in her costume for Ben Jonson’s masque Hymenaei

1607

Jan 6

  • Thomas Campion’s Lord Hay’s Masque performed at Whitehall Palace, London with sets by Inigo Jones

Feb 24

  • Claudio Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo premiered in Mantua. Lib. Alessandro Striggio

Mar 8

  • Johann von Rist born (Hamburg) German poet, dramatist, hymnodist, schoolteacher. Died 1667

Mar 11

  • Giovanni Maria Nanino (c. 64) dies in Rome

Mar 12

  • Paul Gerhardt born (Gräfenhainichen, Germany) German hymnwriter, Lutheran priest. Died 1676

Apr 10

  • Felice Anerio appointed as a deacon in Rome

Jun 7

  • Johannes Matelart (c. 69) dies in Rome

Jun

  • Marco da Gagliano founds the Accademia degli Elevati music academy in Florence. It closes in 1609

Aug 5

  • Philipp Friedrich Böddecker born (Hagenau, German) German organist, composer. Died 1683

Sep 10

  • Luzzasco Luzzaschi (c. 62) dies in Ferrara

Sep 15

  • Francesca Caccini enters service at the Medici court in Florence as a soprano singer

Nov 6

  • Sigmund Theophil Staden born (Nuremberg) German composer, organist, conductor. Son of Johann Staden (1581-1634). Died 1655

Nov 11

  • Francesca Caccini marries Giovanni Battista Signorini in Florence

Nov 23

  • Daniel Farrant appointed as a violinist at the court of King James I in London

Dec 20

  • Thomas Clayton succeeds John Bull as Gresham Professor of Music in London, a post he holds until 1610

Dec 22

  • John Bull marries Elizabeth Walter in London

publications

  • Agostino Agazzari’s treatise Del sonare sopra il basso [playing above bass] published
  • Adriano Banchieri’s Eclesiastiche sinfonie, dette canzoni in aria francese, per sonare, et cantare op.16 [ecclesiastical symphonies and french songs to play and sing] published in Venice & song collection Virtuoso ridotto tra signori, e dame op.15 published in Milan
  • William Byrd’s second book of sacred songs Gradualia: seu cantionum sacrarum, liber secundus (Gradualia II) published in London
  • Giovanni Croce’s madrigal book Il quarto libro de madrigali for 5 or 6 voices published in Venice
  • Christoph Demantius’s treatise Isagoge artis musicae [introduction to the art of music] published in Nuremberg
  • John Dowland’s Fourth Booke of Songes or Ayres published in London
  • Thomas Ford’s Musicke of Sundrie Kindes published in London
  • Melchior Franck’s Melodiae sacrae iv published in Coburg
  • Hans Leo Hassler’spsalm and hymn collection Psalmen und christliche Gesäng published in Nuremberg
  • Robert Jones’s The first set of madrigals published in London
  • Orlande de Lassus’s book of masses for 6 voices  Missa ad imitationem moduli Dixit Joseph published in Paris
  • Claudio Merulo’s songbook Ricercari da cantare, libro secondo published in Venice
  • Claudio Monteverdi’s Scherzi musicali for 3 voices published in Venice
  • Michael Praetorius’s Musae Sioniae ander Theil published in Jena; Musae Sioniae dritter Theil & Musae Sioniae vierdter Theil published in Helmstedt & Musae Sioniae fünffter Theil published in Wolfenbüttel
  • Salamone Rossi’s instrumental collection Il primo libro delle sinfonie e gagliarde published in Venice
  • Pedro Ruimonte’s Cantiones sex vocum [songs for 6 voices] published in Antwerp
  • Bernhard Schmid the younger’s organ tablature Tablatur Buch published in Strasbourg
  • Orazio Vecchi’s book of masses Missarum liber primus published in Venice
  • Sebastián de Vivanco’s Liber magnificarum containing 18 versions of the magnificat published in Salamanca
William Byrd (1540-1623)

William Byrd (1540-1623)

1608

Feb 9

  • Ben Jonson’s masque The Hue and Cry After Cupid premiered in London, with sets by Inigo Jones and music by Alfonso Ferrabasco

Feb

  • Marco da Gagliano’s opera Dafne premiered in Mantua. Lib. Ottavio Rinuccini

May 28

  • Claudio Monteverdi’s opera L’Arianna premiered in Mantua. Lib. Ottavio Rinuccini

Jun 3

  • Marco da Gagliano’s ballo Il trionfo d’onore [the triumph of honour] premiered in Mantua. Lib. A. Striggio

Jun 4

  • Claudio Monteverdi’s ballo Il ballo delle ingrate [the ballo of the ungrateful ladies] premiered in Mantua. Lib. Ottavio Rinuccini. Published in 1638 in his eighth madrigal book

Jun 5

  • Marco da Gagliano’s ballo Il sacrificio d’Ifigenia [the sacrifice of Iphigenia] premiered in Mantua. Lib. A. Striggio

Jul 4

  • Johannes Eccard appointed kappelmeister to Joachim Friedrich of Brandenburg, two weeks before the latter’s death. He is kept on by his successor Johann Sigismond

Jul 21

  • Girolamo Frescobaldi elected organist of the Cappella Giulia, S Pietro basilica, Rome (he takes up his duties in late October)

Oct 26

  • Philipp Nicolai (52) dies in Hamburg

Nov

  • Giovanni Francesco Anerio elected maestro di cappella of Verona Cathedral

publications

  • Adriano Banchieri’s song collection Festino nella sera del giovedi grasso avanti cena op.18 published in Venice
  • Christoph Demantius’s dance collection Conviviorum deliciae [guest delights] published in Nuremberg
  • Melchior Franck’s Geistliche Gesäng und Melodeyen [holy songs and melodies] published in Coburg & instrumental collection Newe musicalische Intraden published in Nuremberg
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi’s keyboard collection Il primo libro delle fantasie (12 pieces) published in Milan & madrigal book Il primo libro de madrigali (19 pieces) published in Antwerp
  • Marco da Gagliano’s madrigal book Il quinto libro de madrigali published in Venice
  • Hans Leo Hassler’s Kirchengesäng [chants] published in Nuremberg
  • Claude Le Jeune’s Airs for 3 to 6 voices & Second livre des Airs for 3 to 6 voices published in Paris
  • Claudio Merulo’s songbook Ricercari da cantare, libro terzo published in Venice
  • Asprilio Pacelli’s Sacrae Cantiones [sacred songs] published in Venice
  • Salamone Rossi’s instrumental collection Il secondo libro delle sinfonie e gagliarde published in Venice
  • Orazio Vecchi’s book of songs with instrumentation Dialoghi da cantarsi et concertarsi con ogni sorte di stromenti published in Venice
  • Sebastián de Vivanco’s Libro de misas containing 10 masses published in Salamanca
  • Thomas Weelkes’s Airs or Fantastic Spirits published in London
  • Giaches de Wert’s madrigal book Il duodecimo libro de madrigali for 4 to 7 voices published in Venice
  • John Wilbye’s second book of madrigals published In London

Handbill for a production of Monteverdi’s L’Arianna in Venice in 1623

1609

Feb 2

  • Alfonso Ferrabosco and Ben Jonson’s The Queen’s Masque of Beauty premiered in London

Feb 16

  • Claude Chevalier’s ballet Roi Artus [King Arthur] premiered in Paris

Feb 28

  • Paul Sartorius (39) dies in Innsbruck

Apr 14

  • Gasparo da Salò (66) dies in Brescia

May 15

  • Giovanni Croce (c. 51) dies in Venice

Jul

  • Marco da Gagliano appointed maestro di cappella at the Medici court in Florence

Aug 7

  • Eustache Du Caurroy (60) dies in Paris

Aug 22

  • Giulio Cesare Martinengo appointed maestro di capella at San Marco, Venice, succeeding Giovanni Croce

Oct 1

  • Giammateo Asola (c. 77) dies in Venice

Oct 5

  • Paul Fleming born (Hartenstein, Germany) German poet, physican, hymn writer, songwriter. Died 1640

unk

  • Alberich Mazak born (Racibórz, Poland) Austrian composer, priest. Died 1661
  • Ippolito Baccusi (c. 59) dies in Verona
  • Marco da Gagliano appointed maestro di cappella of Florence cathedral, a post he keeps until his death in 1643

publications

  • Adriano Banchieri’s Gemelli armonici [harmonic twins] published in Venice & treatise on the organ Conclusioni nel suono dell’organo op.20 published in Bologna
  • William Brade’s collection of dance pieces Newe ausserlesene Paduanen, Galliarden, Canzonen, Allmand und Coranten published in Hamburg
  • Eustache Du Caurroy’s collection of 53 motets Preces ecclesiasticae published in Paris in two volumes
  • Christoph Demantius’s song collection Convivalium concentuum published in Jena
  • The second part of Girolamo Diruta’s treatise on organ playing and composition Il transilvano published in Venice. The first was published in 1593
  • Alfonso Ferrabosco the younger’s Ayres & Lessons for 1, 2, and 3 Viols published in London
  • Robert Jones’s A Musicall Dreame, or the Fourth Booke of Ayres published in London
  • Johannes Kapsberger’s madrigal book Libro I de madrigali published in Rome
  • Ascanio Mayone’s keyboard collection Secondo libro di diversi capricci per sonare published in Naples
  • Claudio Merulo’s Missae duae, cum octo, et duodecim vocibus concinende [2 masses for 8 and 12 voices] published in Venice
  • Jacopo Peri’s song collection Le varie musiche published in Florence
  • Michael Praetorius’s Musae Sioniae sechster Theil & Musae Sioniae siebender Theil published in Wolfenbüttel
  • Thomas Ravenscroft’s folk music collections Pammelia & Deuteromelia published. These were the first of their kind
  • Johann Schein’s song collection Venus Kräntzlein published in Wittenberg
  • Johann Staden’s hymn book Neue teutsche geistliche Gesäng published in Nuremberg
  • Giovanni Valentini’s songbook Canzoni, libro primo published in Venice
  • Erasmus Widmann’s songbook Martinsgans [roast goose] published in Magdeburg
  • John Wilbye’s Second Set of Madrigals published in London

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