1670-79

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* = approximate date

1670

Feb 4

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s comédies-ballet Les amants magnifiques [the magnificent lovers] premiered in Saint Germain-en-Laye. Lib. Molière

Feb 17

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Le rise di Democrito [the rise of Democritus] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Apr 3

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama Li sette dolori di Maria Vergine [the seven sorrows of the Virgin Mary] premiered in Vienna. Lib. G. Ferri

Apr 4

  • Giovanni Felice Sances’s sacred drama Le sette consolationi di Maria Vergine [the seven consolations of the Virgin Mary] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato and additional music by Leopold I

Apr 6

  • Leonora Baroni (68) dies in Rome

Apr 23

  • Loreto Vittori (69) dies in Rome

Apr 24

  • Christian Ludwig Boxberg born (Sondershausen, Germany) German composer, organist, Kappelmeister. Died 1729

Jun 9

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

Jun 12

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

Jul 18

  • Giovanni Battista Bononcini born (Modena) Italian composer, cellist. Wrote 16 operas. Worked in Italy, Austria, Germany, England and France. Son of Giovanni Maria Bononcini (1642-78), brother of Antonio Maria Bononcini (1677-1726). Died 1747

Jul 19

  • Richard Leveridge born (London) English songwriter, bass singer, coffee shop owner. Died 1758

Sep 9

  • Andreas Armsdorff born (Mühlberg, Germany) German composer, organist. Died 1699

Oct 14

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s comédies-ballet Le bourgeois gentilhomme premiered in Chambord. Lib. Molière

Nov 18

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

Dec 11

  • Pietro Ziani’s opera La Semiramide premiered in Venice. Lib. Gaetano Rossi

Dec 20

  • Giovanni Felice Sances’s opera Aristomene Messenio premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato and additional music by JH Schmelzer and Leopold I

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  • *Louis de Caix d’Hervelois born (Paris) French composer, viol player. Wrote mainly for the viol. Died 1759
  • Antonio Caldara born (Venice) Italian composer, choirmaster, singer, viol player, cellist, keyboard player. Worked in Italy, Spain and Austria. Died 1736
  • *Turlough Carolan born (Nobber, Co. Meath) Blind Irish composer, harpist, singer. Died 1738
  • *Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer born (Schönfeld, Germany) German composer, music director. Died 1746
  • *Charles Piroye born (Paris?) French composer, organist. Died c.1730
  • *Bartłomiej Pękiel dies in Krakow. Birth date unknown. Composer, organist. Kappelmeister in Warsaw 1649-55

publications

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s Geistlicher Oden Andreae Gryphii published in Gotha
  • Giacomo Carissimi’s Arion Romanus sive Liber primus sacrarum cantionum published in Konstanz
  • Maurizio Cazzati’s Sonate a 2 istromenti published in Bologna
  • Jacques Champion de Chambonnières’s Les pièces de clavessin … livre premier published in Paris
  • Giovanni Legrenzi’s Acclamationi Divote a voce sola. Libro Primo. op.10 published in Bologna

Jacques Champion de Chambonnières 1601-72

1671

Jan 17

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s comédies-ballet Psyché premiered in Paris. Lib. Molière, P. Corneille and P. Quinault
  • Pietro Ziani’s opera L’Heraclio premiered in Venice. Lib. Nicolo Bergani

Feb 8

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera L’avidità di Mida [the greed of Midas] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Feb 19

  • Charles-Hubert Gervais born (Paris) French composer, music director. Died 1744

Mar 3

  • Robert Cambert’s opera Pomone premiered in Paris. Lib. P. Perrin at the inauguration of the Académie Royale de Musique et de Danse aka the Paris Opera

Mar 26

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama Epitafii sopra il sepolcro di Christo [epitaph above the tomb of Christ] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Mar 28

  • Giovanni Felice Sances’s sacred drama Il trionfo della croce [the triumph of the cross] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato and additional music by Leopold I

Apr 6

  • Jean-Baptiste Rousseau born (Paris) French poet, playwright, librettist. Died 1741

Apr 13

  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer appointed vice-Kapellmeister at the imperial court in Vienna

May 12

  • Erdmann Neumeister born (Weißenfels, Germany) German pastor, Lutheran theologian, writer of cantata texts. Died 1756

May 21

  • Azzolino Bernardino della Ciaja born (Siena, Italy) Italian composer, keyboard player, organ builder. Died 1755

Jun 8

  • Tomaso Albinoni born (Venice) Italian composer. One of the first freelance composers. Wrote more than 50 operas, more than 40 cantatas and 9 published collections of instrumental music. Died 1751

Jun 9

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La prosperità di Elia Seiano [the prosperity of Elia Seiano] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Jun 16

  • Johann Christoph Bach born (Erfurt, Germany) German organist. Son of Johann Ambrosius Bach (1645-95), brother of Johann Balthasar (1673-91), Johann Jacob (1682-1722) and JS (1685-1750) Bach, father of Tobias Friedrich (1695-1768), Johann Bernhard (1700-43), Johann Christoph (1702-56), Johann Heinrich (1707-83) and Johann Andreas (1713-79) Bach. Died 1721

Jun 21

  • Maurizio Cazzati sacked from his post as maestro di cappella of S Petronio, Bologna

Jun 30

  • Teodorico Pedrini born (Fermo, Italy) Italian priest, missionary, composer, musician. Major figure in the introduction of western music to China, co-author of the first book on Western Music theory written in Chinese, the Zhengyi-Xubian. Died 1746

Jun

  • Pierre Perrin imprisoned for debt after failing to pay the members of his opera company

Jul 14

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La gara dei genij [the race of genies] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Sep 3

  • Giovanni Andrea Bontempi’s opera Apollo e Dafne premiered in Dresden. Lib. composer, D. Schirmer & D.E. Heidenreich after O. Rinuccini

Sep

  • Antoine Forqueray born (Paris) French composer, viola da gamba vituoso. Father of Jean-Baptiste Forqueray (1699-1782). Died 1745

Nov 18

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

Dec 2

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s comédies-ballet Ballet des ballets premiered in Saint Germain-en-Laye. Lib. Molière

publications

  • Francesco Corbetta’s La Guitarre Royalle published in Paris
  • Andreas Hammerschmidt’s Fest- und Zeit-Andachten published in Dresden
  • Alessandro Poglietti’s keyboard suite Sopra la ribellione di Ungheria published in Vienna

Francesco Corbetta 1615-81

1672

Jan 16

  • Francesco Mancini born (Naples) Italian composer, teacher, organist. Wrote 29 operas, 12 oratorios and more than 200 cantatas. Died 1737

Jan 18

  • The first London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is destroyed by fire

Jan 30

  • Denis Gaultier (c. 68) dies in Paris

Feb 12

  • Pietro Ziani’s opera Attila premiered in Venice. Lib. Matteo Noris

Feb 19

  • Antonio Sartorio’s opera L’Adelaide premiered in Venice lib. Pietro Dolfin

Mar 16

  • Giovanni Battista Vitali’s oratorio Il Gefte overo Il zelo imprudente [imprudent zeal] premiered in Bologna. Lib. B.G. Balbi (lost)

Mar 17

  • Giovanni Battista Vitali’s oratorio Il trionfo della fede [the triumph of faith] premiered in Bologna. Lib. L. Tesini (lost)

Mar 21

  • Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino born (Padua) Italian librettist, poet, court secretary, translator. Son of Carlo Pallavicino (1630-88). Died 1742

Apr 1

  • The Académies d’opéra, Paris, closed by royal edict after less than three years

Apr 6

  • André-Cardinal Destouches born (Paris) French composer, music administrator. Wrote 9 operas. Died 1749

Apr 14

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama Il limbo aperto [limbo open] premiered in Vienna. Lib. G. Ferri

Apr 15

  • Giovanni Felice Sances’s sacred drama Il paradiso aperto per la morte di Christo [Heaven opened for the death of Christ] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato and additional music by Leopold I

Apr 21

  • Francesco Provenzale’s opera Lo schiavo di sua moglie [his wife’s slave] premiered in Naples. Lib. F.A. Paolella

May

  • Jacques Champion de Chambonnières (c. 71) dies in Paris

Jun 9

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Gl’atomi d’Epicuro [the atoms of Epicurus] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Jun 11

  • Francesco Antonio Bonporti born (Trento, Italy) Italian amateur composer, priest. Died 1749

Jun 17

  • Orazio Benevoli (67) dies in Rome

Jul 12

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

Jul 13

  • Henry Cooke (c. 56) dies in London

Sep 8

  • Nicolas de Grigny baptised (Reims) French composer, organist. Only one book of organ works survive. Died 1703

Sep 26

  • Maurizio Cazzati appointed maestro di cappella of Mantua cathedral, a post he holds until his death in 1678

Oct 20

  • Bernardo Pasquini’s opera La sincerità con la sincerità [sincerity with sincerity] premiered in Rome. Lib. G.F. Apolloni

Nov 6

  • Heinrich Schütz (87) dies in Dresden
  • Francesco Provenzale’s opera La fenice d’Avila Teresa di Giesù premiered in Naples. Lib. G. Castaldo

Nov 11

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera Les fêtes de l’Amour et de Bacchus [the festivals of love and Bacchus] premiered in Paris. Lib. P. Quinault after Molière and Lully

Nov 17

  • Christoph Bernhard’s funeral music for Heinrich Schütz, Cantabiles mihi erant justificationes tuae, premiered in Dresden (lost)

Nov 21

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

Dec 14

  • Antonio Sartorio’s opera L’Orfeo premiered in Venice. Lib. A. Aureli

Dec

  • The London Gazette advertises Europe’s first major public concert series at Whitefriars in London held by John Banister

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  • Georg Caspar Schürmann born (Neustadt am Rübenberge, Germany) German composer, singer. Court musucian and composer in Braunschweig from 1697. Died 1751
  • Carlo Agostino Badia born (Venice) Italian composer. Wrote 25 operas. Died 1738

publications

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s Musikalisches Tafelkonfekt published in Frankfurt
  • Benedictus Buns’s Flosculi musici op.3 published in Antwerp
  • Francesco Foggia’s Messe op.15 for 3 to 5 voices and organ & Litanie op.16 for 3 to 6 voices and organ published in Rome
  • Johann Sebastiani’s Das Leyden und Sterben unsers Herrn und Heylandes Jesu Christi nach dem heiligen Matthaeo & song collection Erster Theil der Parnass-Blumen published in Kaliningrad

Orazio Benevoli 1605-72

1673

Jan 16

  • Giovanni Andrea Bontempi’s opera Jupiter und Io premiered in Dresden. Lib. composer or C.C. Dedekind (music lost)

Jan 17

  • Johann Christoph Bach baptised (Erfurt, Germany) German Kantor, organist. Son of Johann Christian Bach (1640-82), father of Johann Samuel (1694-1720), Johann Christian (b. 1696) and Johann Günther (1703-56) Bach. Died 1727

Jan 25

  • Antonio Sartorio’s opera Massenzio premiered in Venice. Lib. G.F. Bussani. Written at 13 days notice

Jan 27

  • Bernardo Pasquini’s opera L’Amor per vendetta premiered in Rome. Lib. G.F. Apolloni

Jan

  • Francisco Lopez Capillas (c. 57) dies in Mexico City

Feb 2

  • Kaspar Förster (56) dies in Gdansk

Feb 17

  • Molière (51) dies in Paris of tuberculosis

Mar 4

  • Johann Balthasar Bach born (Eisenach, Germany) German apprentice. Son of Johann Ambrosius Bach (1645-95), brother of Johann Christoph (1671-1721), Johann Jacob (1682-1722) and JS (1685-1750) Bach. Died 1691

Mar 30

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama La pietà contrastata [piety contrasted] premiered in Vienna. Lib. anon

Apr 5

  • Nicolo Grimaldi baptised (Naples) Italian castrato singer, actor. Worked in London with GF Handel. Died 1732

Apr 27

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera Cadmus et Hermione premiered in Paris. Lib. P. Quinault after Ovid

May 13

  • Johannes Bach (68) buried in Erfurt

Jun 8

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s opera Triumphierendes Siegespiel der wahren Liebe [triumphant victory of true love], lib. J Mylius, premiered in Darmstadt

Jun 9

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Batto convertito in sasso [Batto turned to stone] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Jun 10

  • Henry Purcell appointed “assistant without fee” to John Hingeston, keeper of the king´s wind and keyboard instruments

Jun 18

  • Antonio de Literes born (Mallorca) Catalan zarzuela composer, bass viol player, bassist. Died 1747

Jul 9

  • Johann Rudolf Ahle (47) dies in Mühlhausen

Jul 21

  • John Weaver born (Shrewsbury) English dancer, choreographer. Known as the father of the British pantomime. Died 1760

Oct 7

  • Jacopo Melani reappointed organist at Pistoia cathedral

Oct 8

  • Johann Wolfgang Franck’s opera Glückwünschendes Jagdballett premiered in Ansbach

Oct 26

  • Dimitrie Cantemir born (Vaslui, Romania) Romanian nobleman, writer, historian, composer, polymath. Wrote a history of Ottoman court music and Turkish-influenced compositions. Died 1723

Oct 28

  • Thomas Clayton baptised (London) English composer, violinist, concert promoter. Died 1725

Nov 18

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

Nov 22

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work La Semiramide premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Dec 17

  • Henry Purcell, 14, dismissed from the Chapel Royal choir after his voice breaks

Dec 30

  • Carlo Pallavicino appointed organist and maestro dei concerti at the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua

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  • Jan Křtitel Tolar (c.53) dies in Vienna
  • Robert Cambert leaves France for England after being ousted from the Academie Royale de Musique which he co-founded by Jean-Baptiste Lully
  • Johann Kaspar Kerll leaves Munich for Vienna

publications

  • Benedictus Buns’s Corona stellarum duodecim serta op.2 published in Antwerp
  • Giovanni Legrenzi’s La cetra, sonate libro quarto op.11 (16 sonatas) published in Venice
  • Matthew Locke’s treatise on music theory, Melothesia, published in London
Matthew Locke (1621-1677)

Matthew Locke (1621-1677)

1674

Jan 6

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s opera-ballet Das verbesserte Parisurteil [the judgement of Paris] premiered in Darmstadt

Jan 9

  • Reinhard Keiser born (Teuchern, Germany) German opera composer, theatre director, choirmaster. Wrote more than 100 operas between 1692 and 1734. Died 1739

Jan 12

  • Giacomo Carissimi (68) dies in Rome

Jan 18

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera Alceste premiered in Paris. Lib. P. Quinault after Euripides

Jan 30

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La lanterna di Diogene [Diogenes’ lantern] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Jan 31

  • Robert Cambert’s Ballet et musique pour le divertissement du roy de la Grande-Bretagne premiered in London. Lib. S. Brémond

Feb 22

  • John Wilson (78) dies in London

Feb 24

  • Matthias Weckmann (c. 57) dies in Hamburg

Mar 16

  • John Blow appointed Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in London

Mar 30

  • Robert Cambert’s opera Ariane premiered in London, lib. Pierre Perrin

May 31

  • Friedrich Erhard Niedt born (Jena) German lawyer, music theorist, composer. Died 1717

Jun 9

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Il ratto delle Sabine [the rape of the Sabine women] premiered in Cortina. Lib. N. Minato

Jun 19

  • Carlo Pallavicino leaves the post of organist and maestro dei concerti at the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua after six months

Jul 14

  • Pelham Humfrey (27) dies in Windsor

Jul 17

  • Isaac Watts born (Southampton) English hymnwriter, nonconformist minister. Credited with the authorship of more than 600 hymns. Died 1748

Aug 13

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Il trionfatore de’ centauri [the triumph of the centaurs] premiered in Schönbrunn. Lib. N. Minato

Sep 2

  • Francesco Provenzale’s opera Difendere l’offensore [defending the offender] premiered in Naples. Lib. A. Perrucci

Sep 29

  • Jacques-Martin Hotteterre born (Paris) French composer, bassoonist, flautist, musette player, teacher, theorist, woodwind instrument maker. Died 1763
  • Nicholas Staggins appointed Master of the King’s Music, succeeding Louis Grabu

Oct 30

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Il fuoco eterno custodito dalle Vestali [the eternal flame guarded by the Vestals] premiered in Cortina. Lib. N. Minato

Nov 18

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La nascità di Minerva [the birth of Minerva] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Nov 24

  • Pierre Dumage baptised (Beauvais, France) French composer of organ music, organist, civil servant. Died 1751

Dec 10

  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera Diocletiano premiered in Venice . Lib. M. Noris

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  • *Jeremiah Clarke born (London) English composer, organist. Died 1707

publications

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s Geistlicher Gespräche und Psalmen published in Gotha
  • Giovanni Battista Granata’s guitar collection Novi capricci armonici musicali in vari toni per la chitarra spagnola, violino, e viola concertati, et altre sonate per la chitarra sola op.5 published in Bologna
  • The first volume of Gaspar Sanz’s 3 volume treatise on the guitar Instruccion de musica sobre la guitarra Espanola published in Zaragoza
  • Agostino Steffani’s psalm collection Psalmodia vespertina published in Rome

Jean-Baptiste Lully – Alceste (Astree)

1675

Jan 11

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera Thésée premiered in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Lib. P. Quinault after Ovid

Feb 23

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera I pazzi Abderiti [the mad Abderites] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Feb 27

  • Matthew Locke & Thomas Shadwell’s opera Psyche premiered in London

Mar 17

  • Bernardo Pasquini’s oratorio L’Agar premiered in Rome. Lib. F.B. Nencini

Mar 23

  • Anthoni van Noordt (c. 55) dies in Amsterdam

Mar 31

  • Alessandro Stradella’s oratorio S Giovanni Battista [St John the Baptist] premiered in Rome. Lib. A. Ansaldi

Apr 11

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama La corona di spine [the crown of thorns] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Apr 15

  • Bernardo Pasquini’s oratorio Assuero premiered in Rome. Lib. F.B. Nencini

May 30

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Pirro premiered in Laxenburg. Lib. N. Minato

Jun 17

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

Jul 12

  • Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco born (Verona) Italian composer, violinist. Father of Joseph Abaco (1710-1805). Died 1742

Oct 29

  • Andreas Hammerschmidt (c. 63) dies in Zittau

Oct 30

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work Li sogni regij premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Oct

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

Nov 14

  • Johannes Khuen (c. 69) dies in Munich

Nov 18

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

Dec 23

  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera Galieno premiered in Venice. Lib. M. Noris

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  • *Michel de la Barre born (Paris) French composer, flautist. The first composer to publish solo flute music. Died 1745

publications

  • Giacomo Carissimi’s Sacri concerti musicali published posthumously in Rome
  • Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers’s 3e livre d’orgue des huit tons de l’église published in Paris
  • The second volume of Gaspar Sanz’s 3 volume treatise on the guitar Instruccion de musica sobre la guitarra Espanola published in Zaragoza
  • Johann Sebastiani’s song collection Ander Theil der Parnass-Blumen published in Hamburg

Giacomo Carissimi 1605-74

1676

Jan 10

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera Atys premiered in Saint Germain-en-Laye. Lib. P. Quinault after Ovid

Jan 14

  • Francesco Cavalli (73) dies in Venice

Jan 19

  • John Weldon born (Chichester) English composer, organist. Wrote theatre and church music. Died 1736

Feb 4

  • Giacomo Facco born (Venice) Italian composer, conductor, violinist. Worked in the Spanish court. Died 1753

Apr 2

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama Il sole ecclissato [the sun eclipsed] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Apr 3

  • Giovanni Felice Sances’s sacred drama L’ingiustitia della sentenza di Pilato [the injustice of Pilate’s judgement] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato (music lost)

Apr 4

  • Giuseppe Maria Orlandini born (Florence) Italian opera composer, choirmaster. Wrote more than 40 operas. Died 1760

Apr 28

  • Wolff Jakob Lauffensteiner baptised (Steyr, Austria) Austrian lutenist, composer. Died 1754

Apr 30

  • Natale Monferrato succeeds Francesco Cavalli as maestro di cappella at San Marco, Venice

May 7

  • Antonio Sartorio appointed vicemaestro di cappella of St Mark’s, Venice

May 27

  • Paul Gerhardt (69) dies in Lübben, Germany

Jun 6

  • Georg Riedel born (Mrągowo, Poland) German composer, Kantor. Died 1738

Jun 14

  • Alessandro Stradella’s cantata Ecco Amore ch’altero risplende [the love that shines proudly] premiered at a wedding in Rome

Jun 22

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s Die beglückwünschte Majorennität des Fürsten [congratulations to the prince at the age of majority] premiered in Darmstadt

Jul 12

  • Sophie Elisabeth, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg (62) dies in Lüneburg

Aug 18

  • Jacopo Melani (43) dies in Pistoia

Aug 29

  • Johann Christoph Bach baptised (Eisenach, Germany) German harpsichordist. Son of Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703), brother of Johann Nicolaus (1669-1753), Johann Friedrich (1682-1730) and Johann Michael (b. 1685) Bach. Left Germany after 1710, death date unknown

Oct 10

  • Sebastian Knüpfer (43) dies in Leipzig

Oct 20

  • Christopher Gibbons (61) dies in London

Nov 2

  • Adam Václav Michna (76) dies in Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Rep.

Nov 22

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work Lo specchio [the mirror] premiered in Vienna

Nov 25

  • Johann Bernhard Bach born (Erfurt) German composer, organist. Son of Johann Aegidus Bach (1645-1716), brother of Johann Christoph Bach (1685-1740), father of Johann Ernst Bach (1722-77). Died 1749

Nov 26

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work L’oracolo d’Amore [the oracle of love] premiered in Vienna

Dec 15

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work Gli dei concorrenti [the competitors] premiered in Augsburg. Lib. N. Minato

Dec 17

  • Antonio Sartorio’s opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto [Julius Caesar in Egypt] premiered in Venice. Lib. G.F. Bussani

Dec 18

  • Carlo Francesco Pollarolo appointed organist at Brescia cathedral

Dec 19

  • Louis-Nicolas Clérambault born (Paris) French composer, organist. Died 1749

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  • Nicolaus à Kempis dies in Brussels. Birth date unknown. Italian or Flemish composer, organist
  • *Étienne Moulinié (c. 76) dies in Languedoc
  • Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco appointed Maestro di Capella of Lima Cathedral, a position he holds until his death in 1728

publications

  • Heinrich Ignaz Biber’s Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes for 5 to 8 instruments published in Salzburg
  • Giovanni Legrenzi’s Cantate e canzonette op.12 published in Bologna
  • Nicolas Lebègue’s Les pièces d’orgue & Les pièces de clavessin published in Paris
  • Johann Jakob Walther’s collection of violin music Scherzi da Violino solo con il basso continuo published in Dresden

Heinrich Ignaz Biber 1644-1704

1677

Jan 5

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera Isis premiered in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Lib. P. Quinault after Ovid

Jan 7

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Hercole acquistatore dell’immortalità [Hercules buys immortality] premiered in Linz, Austria. Lib. N. Minato

Jan 12

  • Alessandro Poglietti’s opera Endimione festeggiante [Endimione festive] premiered in Göttweig, Austria

Jan 25

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s Quadriga activa [four active] premiered in Darmstadt

Jan

  • Antonio Sartorio’s opera Antonino e Pompeiano premiered in Venice. Lib. G.F. Bussani

Feb 4

  • Johann Ludwig Bach born (Thal, Germany) German composer, kappelmeister. Great-great grandson of Lips Bach who was brother of Hans Bach (1550-1626) JS Bach’s Great grandfather. Died 1731

Feb 10

  • Bernardo Pasquini’s opera Il Trespolo tutore balordo [Trespolo teaches a fool] premiered in Rome. Lib. G.C. Villifranchi

Feb 20

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

Feb 22

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Il silentio di Harpocrate [Harpocrate’s silence] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Feb 26

  • Nicola Fago born (Taranto) Italian composer, teacher, choirmaster. Died 1745

Feb

  • Robert Cambert (c. 49) dies in London. Reported as suicide, there were rumours of murder ordered by his rival Jean-Baptiste Lully

Mar 16

  • Johann Caspar Kerll appointed organist at the Kaiserliche Hofkapelle, Vienna

Apr 15

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama Le cinque piaghe di Christo [the five wounds of Christ] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Apr 16

  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s sacred drama L’infinità impicciolita [infinity scaled] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

May 4

  • Johann Pachelbel appointed court organist at Eisenach, a position that lasts little over a year

Jun 18

  • Antonio Maria Bononcini born (Modena) Italian composer, cellist. Composed operas and cantatas. Son of Giovanni Maria Bononcini (1642-78), brother of Giovanni Battista Bononcini (1670-1747). Died 1726
  • Johann Franck (59) dies in Guben

Jun 27

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Adriano sul Monte Casio [Hadrian on Mount Casio] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Jul 22

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Le maghe di Tessaglia [the witches of Thessaly] premiered in Schönbrunn. Lib. N. Minato

Jul 27

  • Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari born (Pisa) Italian composer, choirmaster. Maestro di capella in Pistoia, Bologna and Pisa. Died 1754

Aug

  • Matthew Locke (c. 55) dies in London

Sep 10

  • Henry Purcell appointed “composer for the violins” at the Royal Court, succeeding Matthew Locke

Oct 10

  • Alessandro Stradella attacked in Turin, probably due to his affair with a nobleman’s mistress. He is left for dead but lives. (see 25/2/1682)

Oct 29

  • Charles Coypeau d’Assoucy (72) dies in Paris

Nov 2

  • Johann Philipp Krieger appointed organist to the court at Halle

Nov 11

  • Barbara Strozzi (58) dies in Padua

Nov 18

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Rodogone premiered in Amalienburg. Lib. N. Minato

Dec

  • Antonio Sartorio’s opera L’Anacreonte tiranno [Anacreon the tyrant] premiered in Venice. Lib. G.F. Bussani

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  • Christian Petzold born (Königstein, Germany) German composer, organist. Died 1733

publications

  • Benedictus Buns’s Musica montana in monte Carmelo composita, cantata in monte Domini op.4 published in Antwerp
  • Nikolay Diletsky’s Grammatika musikiyskago peniya (A grammar of musical song) published in Smolensk, Russia
  • Alessandro Poglietti’s keyboard suite Rossignolo published in Vienna
  • Giovanni Battista Vitali’s Salmi concerti op.6 published in Bologna

Giovanni Battista Vitali 1632-92

1678

Jan 2

  • Johann Theile’s opera Adam und Eva premiered in Hamburg at the opening of the Gaensemarkt Theater, Hamburg’s first opera house. Lib. Theile

Jan 20

  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera Vespasiano premiered in Venice. Lib. Giulio Cesare Corradi

Jan

  • Antonio Sartorio’s opera Ercole su’l Termodonte [Hercules on Termodonte] premiered in Venice. Lib. G.F. Bussani

Feb 8

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La conquista del vello d’oro [the conquest of the golden fleece] premiered in Wiener Neustadt. Lib. N. Minato

Mar 4

  • Antonio Vivaldi born (Venice) Italian composer, violin virtuoso, priest, teacher. Renowned for his instrumental concertos and sonatas. Also wrote around 50 operas of which some 20 survive. Died 1741

Apr 7

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama Li trè chiodi di Christo [the three nails of Christ] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Apr 8

  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s sacred drama Le memorie dolorose [the painful memories] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Apr 12

  • Alessandro Scarlatti marries Antonia Maria Vittoria Anzalone in Rome

Apr 19

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera Psyché premiered in Paris. Lib. P. T. Corneille and B. le Bovier de Fontenelle, after Apuleius

May 4

  • Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (c. 75) dies in Milan

May 6

  • Joseph Chabanceau de La Barre (44) dies in Paris

May 16

  • Andreas Silbermann born (Kleinbobritzsch, Germany) German organ builder. Brother of Gottfried (1683-1753) and father of Johann Andreas Silbermann (1712-83). Died 1734

May 17

  • Johann Pachelbel leaves his position as organist at the court of Prince Johann Georg of Eisenach

Jun 14

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

Jun 19

  • Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers appointed as one of the four organists of the French Chapelle Royale, a post he holds until 1708
  • Johann Pachelbel appointed organist of the Predigerkirche, Erfurt, a post he holds until 1690

Jul 6

  • Nicola Francesco Haym born (Rome) Italian librettist, cellist, composer, ancient coin expert. Died 1729

Aug 5

  • Juan García de Zéspedes (c.59) dies in Puebla, Mexico

Sep 1

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Il tempio di Diana in Taurica [the temple of Diana in Taurica] premiered in Schönbrunn. Lib. N. Minato

Sep 28

  • Maurizio Cazzati (62) dies in Mantua

Oct 8

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La monarchia latina trionfante [the latin monarchy triumphant] premiered in Cortina. Lib. N. Minato

Oct 27

  • John Jenkins (c. 86) dies in Kimberley, Norfolk

Oct 29

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Enea in Italia premiered in Wiener Neustadt. Lib. N. Minato

Nov 10

  • Alessandro Stradella’s opera La forza dell’amor paterno [the power of paternal love] premiered in Genoa. Lib. N. Minato

Nov 18

  • Giovanni Maria Bononcini (36) dies in Modena

Nov 22

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Li favoriti dalla fortuna [the fortunate ones] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Dec 16

  • Alessandro Scarlatti appointed maestro di cappella at S Giacomo degli Incurabili, Rome

Dec 20

  • Pietro Ziani’s opera Chi tal nasce tal vive premiered in Naples. Lib. Andrea Perruccio

Dec 30

  • William Croft baptised (Nether Ettington, Warks) English composer, organist, singer. Organist at Westminster Abbey from 1708. Died 1727

publications

  • Benedictus Buns’s Completoriale melos musicum op.5 published in Antwerp
  • Nicolas Lebègue’s 2e livre d’orgue published in Paris
  • Giovanni Legrenzi’s Idee armoniche op.13 published in Venice & Echi di riverenza di cantate e canzoni, libro secondo op.14 published in Bologna

Nicolas Lebègue – Premier Livre d’orgue (Arion)

1679

Jan 1

  • Alessandro Stradella’s opera Le gare dell’amor eroico [the contests of heroic love] premiered in Genoa. Lib. N. Minato

Jan 5

  • Pietro Filippo Scarlatti born (Rome) Italian composer, organist at the Neopolitan court, choirmaster. Son of Pietro Alessandro Gaspare Scarlatti (1660-1725), brother of Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757). Died 1750

Jan 6

  • Bernardo Pasquini’s opera Dov’è amore è pietà [where love has pity] premiered in Rome. Lib. C. Ivanovich

Jan 15

  • Antonio Sartorio’s opera I duo tiranni al soglio [a pair of tyrants on the throne] premiered in Venice. Lib. M. Noris

Jan 22

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

Jan 30

  • Alessandro Stradella’s opera Il Trespolo tutore premiered in Genoa. Lib. G.C. Villifranchi

Jan 31

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera Bellérophon premiered in Paris. Lib. P. T. Corneille and B. le Bovier de Fontenelle, after Hesiod

Feb 14

  • Georg Friedrich Kauffmann born (Ostramondra, Germany) German composer, organist. Wrote mainly sacred works for voice and organ. Died 1735

Feb 23

  • Giacomo Antonio Perti’s oratorio S Serafia premiered in Bologna. Lib. L. Lotti

Feb

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera Gli equivoci nel sembiante [mistaken identities] premiered in Rome. Lib. D.F. Contini

Mar 30

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama Il titolo posto sù la croce di Christo [the titole placed on the cross of Christ] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

May 1

  • Esaias Reusner (43) dies in Berlin

Jun 23

  • Giacomo Antonio Perti’s opera Atide premiered in Bologna. Lib. Perti

Jun 27

  • Pablo Bruna (68) dies in Daroca, Spain

Aug 10

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

Oct 1

  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer appointed kappelmeister at the Viennese court

Oct 3

  • John Banister (c. 54) dies in London

Oct 11

  • Christian Vater born (Hannover) German organ and harpsichord builder. Five organs built by Vater survive in Germany and the Netherlands. Died 1756

Oct 16

  • Jan Dismas Zelenka born (Prague) Czech composer, violone player, Conductor. Composed mostly sacred works. Died 1745

Nov 10

  • Johann Christian Schieferdecker born (Weissenfels) German keyboard player, composer. Died 1732

Nov 13

  • Michel de La Guerre (c.74) buried in Paris

Nov 24

  • Giovanni Felice Sances (c.79) dies in Vienna

Dec 18

  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer appointed Kapellmeister at the imperial court in Vienna

Dec 21

  • Pietro Ziani’s opera Candaule premiered in Naples. Lib. Adriano Morselli

Dec 24

  • Domenico Sarro born (Naples) Italian composer, choirmaster. Died 1744

Dec 28

  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera Messalina premiered in Venice. Lib. Francesco Maria Piccioli

unk

  • Henry Purcell succeeds John Blow as organist at Westminster Abbey

publications

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s collection of cantatas Musicalische Trostquelle published in Darmstadt
  • Giovanni Battista Vitali’s Balletti, correnti alla francese, gagliarde, e brando per ballare op.3 for 4 instruments published in Bologna
Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

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