1660-69

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* = approximate date

1660

Jan 5

  • Johann Fux born (Hirtenfeld, Austria) Austrian composer, music theorist, organist, choirmaster, teacher. Author of the Gradus ad Parnassum treatise on counterpoint. Died 1741

Jan 15

  • Pietro Ziani’s opera L’Antigona delusa da Alceste [Antigona disillusioned by Alceste], lib. Aurelio Aureli, premiered in Venice

Feb 13

  • Johann Sigismund Kusser baptised (Bratislava) German composer, orchestra director, founder of a travelling opera company. Worked in Germany, England and Ireland. Died 1727

Mar 8

  • Thomas Baynes succeeds William Petty as Gresham Professor of Music in London, a post he holds until 1681

Apr 6

  • Johann Kuhnau born (Geising, Germany) German composer, organist, novelist, theorist, lawyer. Died 1722

Apr 19

  • Sebastian Durón born (Brijuega, Spain) Spanish composer, organist, choirmaster. Master of the Royal Chapel of King Charles II in Madrid from 1691 to 1706. Died 1716

May 2

  • Alessandro Scarlatti born (Palermo) Italian composer of 115 operas (64 survive). Worked in Naples, Florence and Rome. Brother of  Francesco Scarlatti (1666-1741); father of Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) and Pietro Filippo Scarlatti (1679-1750). Died 1725

Jun 3

  • Johan Schenck born (Amsterdam) Dutch composer, viola da gamba player. Composer of the first opera in Dutch, Bacchus, Ceres en Venus. Died 1712

Jun 9

  • Antonio Bertali’s opera La magia delusa [disappointed magic], lib. Francesco Sbarra, premiered in Vienna

Nov 22

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ballet Intermèdes de Xerxes premiered in Paris

Dec 4

  • André Campra born (Aix-en-Provence, France) French composer, conductor, choirmaster, music director at Notre Dame de Paris 1694-1700. Died 1744

Dec 5

  • Juan Hidalgo’s opera Celos aun del aire matan [jealousy even of the air can kill] premiered in Madrid, the earliest Spanish opera. Lib. Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Dec 15

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Ballet de la revente des habits de ballet et de comédie premiered in Paris

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  • *Gottfried Finger born (Olomouc, Czech Rep) Czech composer, viol player. Died 1730

publications

  • Johann Rudolf Ahle’s Erstes Zehn neuer geistlicher Arien published in Mühlhausen
  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s Geistlicher Arien, Teil I published in Gotha
  • Maurizio Cazzati’s Trattenimento per camera d’arie, correnti, e balletti for string trio published in Bologna
  • Henri Dumont’s Cinq Messes en plain-chant musical published in Paris
  • Francesco Foggia’s Psalmi for 4 voices and organ published in Rome
  • Michel Lambert’s Les airs de Monsineur Lambert published in Paris
  • Giovanni Legrenzi’s Sentimenti Devoti Espressi con le musica di due, e tre voci. Libro Secondo op.6 published in Venice
  • François Roberday’s Fugues et caprices, a collection of organ pieces published in Paris
  • Marco Uccellini’s Sinfonie Boscarecie, op.8 published in Venice

Title page of François Roberday’s Fugues et Caprices

1661

Jan 4

  • Antonio Sartorio’s opera Gl’amori infruttuosi di Pirro [Pirro unlucky in love] premiered in Venice. Lib. A. Aureli

Feb 19

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Ballet de l’impatience premiered in Paris

Feb

  • Henri Desmarest born (Paris) French composer, singer. Worked at the court of Louis XIV and in exile in Spain. Composed 12 operas. Died 1741

Mar 19

  • Francesco Gasparini born (Lucca, Italy) Italian composer, teacher, choirmaster, music theorist. Music director of the Ospedale della Pietà music school in Venice. Wrote more than 60 operas between 1686 and 1724. Died 1727

Apr 10

  • Richard Mico (c.70) buried in London

May 7

  • Juan de Padilla appointed maestro de capilla at Zamora cathedral

May 9

  • Alberich Mazak (c.61) dies in Vienna

May 16

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully appointed “surintendant de la musique de la chambre du roi” by Louis XIV

Jun 3

  • Gottfried Scheidt (67) dies in Altenburg

Jun 6

  • Giacomo Antonio Perti born (Bologna) Italian composer of 26 operas and 21 oratorios, choirmaster, teacher. Maestro di Cappella at S.Petronio, Bologna for 60 years from 1696. Died 1756

Jun 9

  • Antonio Bertali’s opera Il Ciro crescente [Cyrus growing], lib. Aurelio Amalteo, premiered in Vienna

Jul 2

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s ballet Von den freien Künsten premiered in Gotha

Jul 8

  • Jacopo Melani’s opera Ercole in Tebe premiered in Florence. Lib. G.A. Moniglia

Jul 26

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Ballet des sainsons premiered in Fontainebleau

Aug 29

  • Louis Couperin (c. 35) dies in Paris

Sep 2

  • Georg Böhm born (Hohenkirchen, Germany) German composer, organist. Organist of Johanniskirche in Lüneburg from 1698. Died 1733

Dec 23

  • Thomas Baltzar appointed as a member of Charles II’s private musical ensemble, a post he holds until his death two years later

Dec

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully becomes a naturalised French citizen

publications

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s Geistlicher Arien, Teil II published in Mühlhausen
  • Francesco Foggia’s Sacrae cantiones op.6 for 2 to 5 voices and organ published in Rome
  • Adam Václav Michna’s Svatoroční muzika (including Missa sancti Wenceslai) published in Prague

Louis Couperin 1626-61

1662

Jan 12

  • Pietro Ziani’s opera Gli scherzi di Fortuna subordinato al Pirro [fortune’s jokes on Pirro] premiered in Venice. Lib. Aurelio Aureli

Jan 25

  • Marco Marazzoli seriously injured in an accident during Mass at the Cappella Sistina, Rome

Jan 26

  • Marco Marazzoli (c. 59) dies in Rome following injuries sustained the previous day

Feb 7

  • Francesco Cavalli’s opera Ercole premiered in Paris. Lib. F. Buti after Ovid
  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ballet L’Hercule amoureux premiered in Paris

Feb 20

  • Giovanni Felice Sances’s opera La Roselmina fatte canora [Roselmina’s song] premiered in Vienna (lost). Lib. A. Amalteo

Feb 21

  • Giovanni Felice Sances’s opera Mercurio esploratore [Mercury explorer] premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Amalteo

Feb 23

  • Johann Crüger (64) dies in Berlin

May 7

  • Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana (71) dies in Bologna

Jun 4

  • Antonio Cesti’s opera La magnanimità d’Alessandro [the magnanimity of Alexander] premiered in Innsbruck. Lib. F. Sbarra

Jul 1

  • Simon Ives (61) dies in London

Jul 7

  • Andreas Düben (c. 65) dies in Stockholm

Jul 14

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully marries Madeleine Lambert in Paris

Jul 16

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully appointed “maitre de la musique de la famille royale”

Sep 7

  • Marco Scacchi (c. 62) dies in Gallese, Italy

Oct 21

  • Henry Lawes (66) dies in London

Nov 3

  • Giovanni Andrea Bontempi’s opera Il Paride in musica [The music in Paris] premiered in Dresden. Lib. composer

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  • Galeazzo Sabbatini (c.65) dies in Pesaro
  • William Young (c.52) dies in Innsbruck
  • The Paris clergy issue the Ceremoniale parisiense forbidding the use of any instrument but the organ in the church

publications

  • Johann Rudolf Ahle’s Neue geistliche auf die hohen Festtagen published in Mühlhausen
  • Maurizio Cazzati’s Correnti, e balletti per sonare for spinet, lute and theorbo published in Bologna
  • Andreas Hammerschmidt’s Kirchen- und Tafel-Music published in Zittau
  • Giovanni Legrenzi’s Compiete con le Lettanie & Antifone Della B.V. a 5. voci. op.7 published in Venice
  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s Sacro-profanus concentus musicus (13 sonatas) published in Nuremberg

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer 1623-80

1663

Jan 8

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ballet Les arts premiered in Paris

Jan 27

  • Juan de Padilla leaves the post of maestro de capilla at Zamora cathedral

Mar 7

  • Tomaso Antonio Vitali born (Bologna) Italian composer, violinist, teacher. Son of Giovanni Battista Vitali (1632-92). Died 1745

Mar 16

  • Jean-Baptiste Matho born (Rennes) French composer, singer, teacher, Master of the King’s Music at Versailles from 1720. Died 1743
  • Nicolas Siret born (Troyes, France) French composer, organist, harpsichordist. Died 1754

Mar 20

  • Biagio Marini (69) dies in Venice

May 7

  • Francesco Provenzale appointed maestro of the Conservatorio di S Maria di Loreto, Naples
  • The first Theatre Royal, Drury Lane opens. It burns down in 1672

Jul 1

  • Franz Xaver Murschhauser born (Saverne, France) German composer, music theorist, singer, music director. Died 1738

Jul 2

  • Thomas Selle (c.64) dies in Hamburg

Jul 24

  • Thomas Baltzar (c. 32) dies in London, supposedly alcohol related

Sep 7

  • Juan de Padilla appointed maestro de capilla at Toledo cathedral

Sep 20

  • Pirro Albergati born (Bologna) Italian aristocrat, composer. Wrote 17 oratorios among other works. Died 1735

Sep 25

  • Johann Nikolaus Hanff born (Wechmar, Germany) German composer, organist, teacher. Died 1711
  • Kaspar Förster’s opera Der lobwürdige Cadmus [the praiseworthy Cadmus] premiered in Copenhagen. Lib. Adam Werner

Sep 26

  • Heinrich Scheidemann (c. 68) dies in Hamburg of the plague

Oct 3

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ballet Les noces de village, mascarade ridicule [the village weddings] premiered in Vincennes

Oct 18

  • Christoph Bernhard appointed civic director of church music in Hamburg

Nov 14

  • Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow born (Leipzig) German composer of vocal and keyboard works, organist, teacher. George Frideric Handel’s first music teacher. Died 1712

Nov 15

  • Pietro Ziani’s opera La congiura del vizio contra la virtù [the conspiracy of vice against virtue], lib. Donato Cupeda,premiered in Vienna

Dec 5

  • Severo Bonini (80) dies in Florence

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  • Johann Joseph Vilsmayr born (Salzburg) Austrian composer, violinist. Died 1722

publications

  • Johann Rudolf Ahle’s Neue geistliche Chorstücke published in Mühlhausen
  • Henri Dumont’s Airs à 4 parties published in Paris
  • Francesco Foggia’s Octo missae for 4 to 9 voices and organ published in Rome
  • Andreas Hammerschmidt’s Missae, tam vivae voci, quam instrumentis variis accommodatae published in Dresden
  • Giovanni Legrenzi’s Sonate libro terzo op.8 (16 sonatas) published in Venice

Henri Dumont 1610-84

1664

Jan 17

  • Antonio Salvi born (Lucignano, Italy) Italian physician, poet, librettist. Wrote 10 opera librettos that were set by Handel, Vivaldi, Bononcini, Gasparini, Jommelli and others. Died 1724

Jan 29

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s comédies-ballet Le mariage forcé premiered in Paris. Lib. Molière 

Feb 8

  • Bernardo Pasquini appointed organist at S Maria in Aracoeli, a post he holds until his death in 1710

Feb 9

  • Francesco Cavalli’s opera Scipione affricano [Scipio the African] premiered in Venice. Lib. N. Minato

Feb 13

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ballet Les Amours déguisés premiered in Paris

Feb 23

  • Georg Dietrich Leyding born (Nienburg, Germany) German composer, organist. Died 1710

Mar 14

  • Silvio Stampiglia born (Lanuvio, Italy) Italian poet, librettist. Collaborated most often with Giovanni Bononcini. Died 1725

Mar 17

  • Georg Österreich baptised (Magdeburg) German composer, music collector, violinist, singer. Died 1735

May 8

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s comédies-ballet La princesse d’Elide premiered in Versailles. Lib. Molière

May 9

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ballet Le palais d’Alcine premiered in Versailles

Jun 28

  • Nicolas Bernier born (Mantes-la-Jolie, France) French composer. Died 1734

Aug 3

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ballet Entr’ actes d’Oedipe premiered in Fontainebleau

Aug 30

  • Jean Mignon succeeds Pierre Robert as choirmaster at Notre Dame, Paris

Sep 9

  • Johann Christoph Pez born (Munich) German Kappelmeister, musician, composer. Died 1716

Sep 12

  • Christoph Bach (48) dies in Arnstadt, Germany

Nov 6

  • Francesco Provenzale’s opera Il martirio di S Gennaro [The martyrdom of Saint Gennaro], lib. Giuseppe Castaldo, premiered in Naples

Nov 9

  • Johann Speth born (Speinshart, Germany) German composer, organist. Died c.1719

Dec 18

  • Nicolas Lebègue appointed organist at the Church of Saint-Merri, Paris, a post he holds untli his death in 1702

Dec

  • Heinrich Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie (Christmas Oratorio) premiered in Dresden

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  • Daniel Purcell born (London) English composer, singer, organist. Brother of Henry Purcell (1659-95). Died 1717
  • Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (c. 74) dies in Puebla, Mexico
  • Charles Racquet (c. 67) dies in Paris

publications

  • Johann Rudolf Ahle’s Neue geistliche auf die Sontage durchs gantze Jahr gerichtete Andachten & Verlangter Liebster published in Mühlhausen
  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s Allemanden und Couranten published in Jena
  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s Sonatae unarum fidium (6 sonatas) published in Nuremberg
  • Barbara Strozzi’s Arie published in Venice

Il martirio di San Gennaro by Girolamo Pesce

1665

Jan 11

  • Francesco Cavalli appointed as first organist at S Marco, Venice

Jan 21

  • Domenico Mazzocchi (c. 73) dies in Rome

Jan 26

  • Francesco Cavalli’s opera Mutio Scevola premiered in Venice. Lib. N. Minato

Jan 28

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Ballet de la naissance de Vénus premiered in Paris

Feb 21

  • Benedikt Anton Aufschnaiter born (Kitzbühel, Austria) Austrian composer, choirmaster. Kappelmeister at the Passau court from 1705. Died 1742

Mar 17

  • Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre born (Paris) French composer, harpsichordist. Wrote vocal, instrumental and stage music. Died 1729

Mar 27

  • Pietro Pariati born (Reggio Emilia, Italy) Italian poet, librettist. Died 1733

May 15

  • Juan Bautista José Cabanilles aged 20 appointed assistant organist at Valencia cathedral. He is promoted a year later and holds the post until his death in 1712

Jun 9

  • Pietro Ziani’s opera La Circe [the circle], lib. Cristoforo Ivanovich, premiered in Vienna

Jun 13

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ballet Les gardes, ou Les délices de la campagne [the guards or the delights of the countryside] premiered in Versailles

Sep 14

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s comédies-ballet L’Amour médecin premiered in Paris. Lib. Molière

Oct 1

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s ballet Musikalischer Freudenwunsch premiered in Gotha

Nov 10

  • Samuel Capricornus (36) dies in Stuttgart

Dec 9

  • Carlo Pallavicino appointed organist at the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua

Dec 10

  • Tarquinio Merula (c. 70) dies in Cremona

Dec 27

  • Francisco Valls born (Barcelona) Catalan composer, music theorist, choirmaster. Maestro di capella at Barcelona cathedral from 1696. Died 1747

Dec

  • Nicolaus Bruhns born (Schwabstedt, Germany) German composer, organist, violinist. Died 1697

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  • Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki born (Bytom, Poland) Polish composer, priest, conductor of Krakow Cathedral orchestra from 1698. Died 1734
  • José de Torres born (Madrid) Spanish composer, organist, music theorist, publisher. Died 1738

publications

  • Christoph Bernhard’s Geistlicher Harmonien erster Theil published in Dresden
  • Robert Cambert’s Airs a boire a 2 et a 3 parties published in Paris
  • Maurizio Cazzati’s Sonate a due, tre, quattro e cinque con alcune per tromba op.35 published in Bologna, a collection that includes the first trumpet sonatas
  • Francesco Foggia’s Sacrae cantiones op.8 for 3 voices and organ published in Rome
  • Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers’s Livre d’orgue contenant cent pièces de tous les tons de l’église published in Paris

Robert Cambert 1628-77

1666

Jan 1

  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera Demetrio premiered in Venice. lib. Giacomo dall’Angelo

Jan 9

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ballet Le Triomphe de Bacchus dans les Indes [the triumph of Bacchus in India] premiered in Paris

Jan 16

  • Antonio Sartorio’s opera Il Seleuco premiered in Venice. Lib. N. Minato

Jan 24

  • Johann Andreas Herbst (77) dies in Frankfurt

Feb 13

  • Antonio Cesti’s opera Il Tito premiered in Venice. Lib. N. Beregan

Feb 20

  • Francesco Cavalli’s opera Pompeo magno premiered in Venice. Lib. N. Minato

Feb 24

  • Nicholas Lanier (77) dies in Greenwich

Feb 25

  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera Aureliano premiered in Venice. Lib. G. dall’Angelo

Mar 1

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La mascherata [the masquerade] premiered in Vienna. Lib. composer

Mar 25

  • Louis Grabu appointed Master of the King’s Musick in London, succeeding Nicholas Lanier

Apr 18

  • Jean-Féry Rebel born (France) French violin virtuoso, composer, harpsichordist, conductor. Father of François Rebel (1701-1775). Died 1747

Apr 23

  • Giovanni Felice Sances’s sacred drama Le lachrime di S Pietro [the tears of St Peter] premiered in Vienna. Lib. F. Sbarra

Apr 25

  • Johann Heinrich Buttstett born (Erfurt) German composer, organist, theorist, teacher. Died 1727

May 6

  • Paul Siefert (79) dies in Gdansk

May 26

  • Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna (Philharmonic Academy of Bologna) founded at the house of conte Vincenzo Maria Carrati

Jun 19

  • Paris Francesco Alghisi born (Brescia) Italian organist, composer. Died 1733
  • John James (Johann Jacob) Heidegger born (Zürich) Swiss music promoter, impresario. Worked in London from 1708

Jun 29

  • Miguel de Ambiela born (Zaragoza) Spanish composer, choirmaster. Died 1733

Jun 30

  • Adam Krieger (32) dies in Dresden

Jul 12

  • Antonio Cesti’s opera Nettunno e Flora festeggianti [Neptune and Flora revelers] premiered in Vienna. Lib. F. Sbarra

Sep

  • Albertus Bryne appointed organist at Westminster Abbey after St Paul’s is destroyed during the Great Fire of London

Oct

  • Nicolaus Vetter born (Herschdorf, Germany) German composer, organist. Died 1734

Nov 5

  • Attilio Ariosti born (Bologna) Italian composer, viola player. Wrote 21 sonatas fro the viola d’amore as well as more than 30 stage works. Died 1729

Nov 25

  • Giuseppe Giovanni Battista Guarneri born (Cremona) Italian luthier. Died 1739

Dec 2

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ballet Les muses premiered in Saint Germain-en-Laye

Dec 5

  • Francesco Scarlatti born (Palermo) Italian composer, musician. Worked in Naples, London and Dublin. Brother of Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725). Died 1741
  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s Wedding ballet premiered in Gotha

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  • Massimiliano Neri (c. 50) dies in Bonn
  • Antonio Stradivari makes his first violin, working for Niccolo Amati

publications

  • Johann Rudolf Ahle’s Musikalische Frühlings Lust published in Mühlhausen
  • Benedictus Buns’s Missae, litaniae, et motetta op.1 published in Antwerp
  • Giacomo Carissimi’s Missa a quinque et a novem cum selectis quibusdam cantionibus published in Cologne
  • Giovanni Battista Vitali’s Correnti, e balletti da camera op.1 for 2 violins and spinet published in Bologna

Benedictus Buns 1642-1716

1667

Jan 5

  • Antonio Lotti born (Venice) Italian composer, organist, choirmaster. Maestro di cappella at St Mark’s, Venice from 1736. Died 1740
  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s comédies-ballet La pastorale comique premiered in Saint Germain-en-Laye. Lib. Molière

Jan 15

  • Antonio Sartorio’s opera La prosperità d’Elio Seiano [the prosperity of Elio Sejanus] premiered in Venice (first part of dyad) lib. Nicolò Minato

Jan 27

  • Giovanni Andrea Bontempi’s opera Teseo premiered in Dresden. Lib. G A Moniglia

Feb 2

  • Antonio Sartorio’s opera La caduta d’Elio Seiano [the fall of Elio Sejanus] premiered in Venice (second part of dyad) lib. Nicolò Minato

Feb 5

  • Gottfried Reiche born (Weissenfels, Germany) German trumpet player, composer. Died 1734

Feb 6

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Vero amore fa soave ogni fatica [true love is worth the effort], lib. Draghi, premiered in Vienna

Feb 8

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s comédies-ballet Le Sicilien premiered in Saint Germain-en-Laye. Lib. Molière

Feb 19

  • Antonio Cesti’s opera Le disgrazie d’Amore [the misfortunes of love] premiered in Vienna. Lib. F. Sbarra

May 7

  • Johann Jakob Froberger (50) dies in Montbéliard, France

May 18

  • Melchior Schildt (c.75) dies in Hannover

Jun 20

  • Giulio Rospigliosi elected Pope Clement IX

Jul 9

  • Antonio Cesti’s opera La Semirami premiered in Vienna. Lib. G.A. Moniglia

Jul 13

  • Antonio Cesti’s opera La Germania esultante [Germany exultant] premiered in Vienna. Lib. F. Sbarra

Jul 16

  • Giuseppe Maria Jacchini born (Bologna) Italian cellist, composer. Died 1727

Jul 24

  • Johann Berthold von Höffer born (Ljubljana) Slovenian composer, nobleman. Died 1718

Jul

  • Francesco Manelli (72) dies in Parma
  • Agostino Steffani, aged 13, enters the employ of the Elector Ferdinand Maria of Bavaria in Munich

Aug 31

  • Johann von Rist (60) dies in Wedel, Germany

Oct 26

  • Pelham Humfrey sworn in as a member of the Chapel Royal

Nov 5

  • Franz Tunder (c. 53) dies in Lübeck

Dec 4

  • Tommaso Gaffi born (Rome) Italian organist, composer. Died 1744
  • Michel Pignolet de Montéclair born (Andelot, France) French composer, teacher, bass player, theorist. Died 1737

Dec 12

  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera Il tiranno humiliato d’amore [the tyranny and humiliation of love] premiered in Venice lib. Giovanni Faustini

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  • *Charles Dieupart born (Paris) French harpsichordist, violinist, composer. Died 1740
  • Johann Christoph Pepusch born (Germany) German composer, theorist, viola player, harpsichordist. Co-founder of the Academy of Ancient Music in London 1726, director from 1735. Died 1752
  • *Johann Schop (c. 77) dies in Hamburg
  • Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco leaves Spain for Lima, Peru

publications

  • Christoph Bernhard’s Letzter Ehren-Nachklang & Trauer-Music published in Hamburg
  • Francesco Foggia’s Psalmodia vespertina op.13 for 5 voices and organ published in Rome
  • Adam Kriegers’ Neue Arien, a second collection of songs, published posthumously in Leipzig
  • Johann Krieger’s Weltliche Arien und Canzonetten published in Leipzig
  • Giovanni Legrenzi’s Sacri e festivi concenti, messa e psalmi a due chori op.9 published in Venice
  • Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers’s 2e livre d’orgue contenant la messe et les hymnes de l’église & treatise on composition Traité de la composition de musique published in Paris
  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s collection of ballet music Arie per il balletto a cavallo published in Vienna
  • Christopher Simpson’s A Compendium of Practical Musick published in London
  • Giovanni Battista Vitali’s Sonate op.2 for 2 violins and organ & Balletti, correnti alla francese op.3 published in Bologna

Title page of the 8th edition (1722) of Christopher Simpson’s A Compendium of Practical Musick

1668

Jan 8

  • Jean Gilles born (Tarascon, France) French composer of vocal music, singer, teacher, music director. Died 1705

Jan 18

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ballet Le carnaval, mascarade royale premiered in Paris

Feb 11

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Comedia ridicula premiered in Vienna. Lib. anon

Mar 27

  • Clemens Thieme (36) dies in Dresden

Apr 7

  • William Davenant (62) dies in London of syphilis

Apr 11

  • Dieterich Buxtehude appointed organist of the Marienkirche, Lübeck

Jun 9

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Gl’amori di Cefalo e Procri [the love of Cephalus and Procris] premiered in Vienna. Lib. composer

Jun 12

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Achille riconsciuto [Achilles recognised] premiered in Vienna. Lib. F. Ximenes

Jun 19

  • Georg von Bertouch born (Helmershausen, Germany) German composer, soldier. Spent most of his life in Norway as an officer in the Danish army. Died 1743

Jul 12

  • Antonio Cesti’s opera Il pomo d’oro [the golden apple] premiered in Vienna. Lib. F. Sbarra

Jul 18

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s comédies-ballet George Dandin premiered in Versailles. Lib. Molière

Jul 23

  • Dietrich Buxtehude named an honorary citizen of Lübeck

Oct 23

  • Giovanni Rovetta (c.72) dies in Venice

Nov 10

  • François Couperin born (Paris) French composer, organist, harpsichordist. Organist of the French chapel royal from 1693. Wrote four books of harpsichord music, works for instrumental ensembles, organ and both secular and sacred vocal music. Father of Marguerite-Antoinette Couperin (1705-88). Died 1733

Nov 18

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Il Ciro vendicatore di se stesso [the return of Cyrus] premiered in Vienna. Lib. F. Ximenes

Nov 20

  • Francesco Cavalli appointed as maestro di cappella at St Mark’s, Venice

Dec 2

  • Albertus Bryne (c. 47) dies in London

Dec

  • John Blow succeeds Albertus Bryne as organist at Westminster Abbey

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  • *John Eccles born (London) English composer. Master of the King’s Musick from 1700 under four monarchs. Son of Solomon Eccles (1618-83). Died 1735

publications

  • Johann Rudolf Ahle’s Neuverfassete Chor-Music published in Mühlhausen
  • Henri Dumont’s Motets à deux voix published in Paris
  • Thomas Tomkins’s Musica Deo Sacra published posthumously in London
  • Giovanni Battista Vitali’s Balletti op.4 for string duo published in Bologna

John Blow 1649-1708

1669

Jan 6

  • Johann Valentin Bach born (Themar, Germany) German musician, head watchman. Son of Georg Christoph Bach (1642-97), father of Johann Lorenz (1695-1773) and Johann Elias (1705-55) Bach. Died 1720

Jan 20

  • Pietro Andrea Ziani succeeds Francesco Cavalli as first organist at San Marco, Venice

Feb 2

  • Louis Marchand born (Lyon) French composer, harpsichordist, organist. Died 1732

Feb 13

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ballet Flore premiered in Paris

Feb 21

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Chi più sà manco l’intende premiered in Vienna. Lib. F. Ximenes

Apr 16

  • Giovanni Felice Sances appointed Kappelmeister to the imperial court in Vienna

Apr 17

  • Antonio Bertali (64) dies in Vienna

Apr 18

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama L’humanità redenta [humanity redeemed] premiered in Vienna. Lib. composer

Apr 19

  • Giovanni Felice Sances’s sacred drama La morte debellata [death eradicated] premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Draghi (lost)

May 27

  • Francesco Cavalli’s opera Coriolano premiered in Piacenza. Lib. C. Ivanovich

Jun 9

  • Giovanni Felice Sances’s opera Apollo deluso [Apollo disappointed] premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Draghi

Jun 28

  • Pierre Perrin granted the royal privilege to establish an Académies d’opéra in France

Jul 15

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Il Perseo premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Amalteo

Jun 29

  • Johann Pachelbel appointed organist at Lorenzkirche, Altdorf

Jul 29

  • Christopher Simpson (c. 64) dies in London

Aug 24

  • Alessandro Marcello born (Venice) Italian composer, poet, philosopher, mathematician. Brother of Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739). Died 1747

Oct 6

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s comédies-ballet Monsieur de Pourceaugnac premiered in Chambord. Lib. Molière

Oct 10

  • Johann Nicolaus Bach born (Eisenach, Germany) German composer, organist. Son of Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703), brother of Johann Christoph (b. 1676), Johann Friedrich (1682-1730) and Johann Michael (b. 1685) Bach. Died 1753

Oct 14

  • Antonio Cesti (46) dies in Florence

Nov 18

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Atalanta premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Dec 9

  • Giulio Rospigliosi aka Pope Clement IX (69) dies in Rome

Dec 11

  • Apostolo Zeno born (Venice) Italian poet, journalist, librettist. Wrote the libretti for 36 operas. Died 1750

Dec 26

  • Antonio Sartorio’s opera L’Ermengarda regina de’ longobardi [Ermengarda queen of Lombardy] premiered in Venice. Lib. P. Dolfin (lost)

publications

  • Johann Rudolf Ahle’s Letzter Traur- und Ehren-Dienst & Anmuhtiges Zehn neuer geistlicher Arien (lost) published in Mühlhausen
  • Christoph Bernhard’s Lezter Schwanen-Gesang & Prudentia prudentiana published in Hamburg
  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s Intraden, Sonaten published in Erfurt
  • Maurizio Cazzati’s Varii, e diversi capricci per camera e per chiesa published in Bologna
  • Johann Kaspar Kerll’s Delectus sacrarum cantionum (26 motets) published in Munich
  • Giovanni Battista Vitali’s Sonate op.5 for 2 to 5 instruments published in Bologna
Johann Kaspar Kerll (1627-1693)

Johann Kaspar Kerll (1627-1693)

2 responses to “1660-69

  1. Love the site. Very useful. But the dark blue you use for opera names and in a few other places is almost unreadable against the charcoal grey background.

  2. Thanks for that

    It doesn’t look too bad on my browser (Google Chrome) but it may be different for others. I’ll change it – it may take some time though!

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