1680-89

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* = approximate date

1680

Jan 11

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera I vaticinij di Tiresia tebano [the prophecy of Tiresias of Thebes] premiered in Prague. Lib. N. Minato

Jan 14

  • Manuel de Zumaya baptised (Mexico City) Mexican composer, organist. Died 1756

Jan 18

  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s opera Die sieben Alter stimmen zusammen [the seven ages harmonize] premiered in Prague. Lib. J.A. Rudolf

Jan

  • Antonio Maria Abbatini (c. 85) dies in Città di Castello, Italy

Feb 3

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera Proserpine premiered in Saint Germain-en-Laye. Lib. P. Quinault after Ovid
  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera L’honestà negli amori [the honest in love] premiered in Rome, Lib. D.F. Contini or D.F. Bernini

Feb 6

  • Bernardo Pasquini’s opera L’Idalma premiered in Rome. Lib. G.D. De Totis

Feb 29

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La patienza di Socrate con due moglie [the patient wife of Socrates] premiered in Prague. Lib. N. Minato

Mar 12

  • Pietro Andrea Ziani appointed maestro di cappella at the Neopolitan court

Mar 20

  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c. 56) dies in Prague of the plague

Apr 18

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama La sacra lancia [the holy spear] premiered in Prague. Lib. N. Minato

May 5

  • Giuseppe Porsile born (Naples) Italian singing teacher, composer. Died 1750

May 6

  • Jean-Baptiste Stuck born (Livorno, Italy) Franco-Italian composer, cellist. Died 1755

May 31

  • Joachim Neander (30) dies in Bremen of tuberculosis

Jul 22

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work L’ingegno à sorte [the wit of chance] premiered in Linz. Lib. N. Minato

Aug 27

  • Joan Cererols (61) dies in Montserrat, Catalonia

Sep 10

  • Baldassarre Ferri (69) dies in Vienna

Oct 13

  • François Roberday (56) dies in Auffargis, France, probably of the plague
  • Lelio Colista (51) dies in Rome

Nov 18

  • Jean-Baptiste Loeillet (of London) aka John Loeillet born (Ghent) Flemish composer, woodwind player, harpsichordist. Brother of Jacques Loeillet (1685-1748), cousin of Jean Baptiste Loeillet (of Ghent) (1688-1720). Died 1730

Nov 27

  • Athanasius Kircher (77 or 78) dies in Rome

Dec 4

  • Petronio Franceschini (29) dies in Venice

Dec 10

  • Marco Uccellini (c. 70) dies in Forlimpopoli, Italy

Dec 20

  • Domenico Gabrielli appointed cellist at S Petronio, Bologna

Dec 30

  • Antonio Sartorio (50) dies in Venice

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  • Toussaint Bertin de la Doué born (Paris) French composer, organist, harpsichordist, violinist. Died 1743
  • Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D major composed
  • Antonio Stradivari sets up his own business in Cremona.

publications

  • Heinrich Ignaz Biber’s Mensa sonora, seu Musica instrumentalis for string quartet and harpsichord published in Salzburg
  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s collection of cantatas Musicalischer Lebensbrunn published in Darmstadt
  • Dieterich Buxtehude’s cycle of seven cantatas Membra Jesu Nostri composed considered the first Lutheran oratorio
  • Giovanni Battista Granata’s guitar collection Nuovi sovavi concenti di sonate musicali in varii toni per la chitarra spagnola, et altre sonate concertate a due violini, e basso op.6 published in Bologna
  • Antonio Sartorio’s Salmi a due chori ma accomodati all’uso della serenissima capella ducale di S Marco op.1 (23 psalms) published in Venice
Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

1681

Jan 5

  • Giovanni Legrenzi appointed vicemaestro di cappella of S Marco, Venice

Jan 20

  • Francesco Bartolomeo Conti born (Florence) Italian composer, theorbo player, mandolinist. Works include 16 operas, 9 oratorios and 50 cantatas. Died 1732

Jan 21

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ballet Le triomphe de l’amour premiered in Saint Germain-en-Laye

Jan

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera Tutto il mal non vien per nuocere [all the wrong has a silver lining] premiered in Rome. Lib. D G de Totis

Feb 13

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La forza dell’amicizia [the strength of friendship] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Mar 14

  • Georg Philipp Telemann born (Magdeburg) German composer, multi-instrumentalist. Credited as being the most prolific composer in history with an estimated 3000 works all told including those now lost. Musical director of Hamburg’s churches from 1721. Died 1767

Apr 11

  • Anne Danican Philidor born (Paris) French concert promoter, composer. Founder of the Concert Spirituel public concerts in 1725. Died 1728

Apr 16

  • Alessandro Stradella’s oratorio La Susanna premiered in Modena. Lib. G.B. Giardini

Jun 4

  • Johann Philipp Krieger’s serenata Die drey Charites premiered in Halle

Jun 9

  • Antonio Draghi’s serenata Espero festeggiante premiered in Vienna

Jun 30

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Temistocle in Persia premiered in Wiener Neustadt. Lib. N. Minato

Jul 22

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La rivalità nell’ossequio [rivalry in allegiance] premiered in Frohsdorf, Austria

Jul 26

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Achille in Tessaglia premiered in Mannersdorf, Austria. Lib. N. Minato

Aug 7

  • André Campra appointed maître de chapelle at Ste Trophime, Arles

Aug 9

  • William Perry succeeds Thomas Baynes as Gresham Professor of Music in London, a post he holds until 1696

Aug 24

  • Christoph Bernhard appointed Kapellmeister at the electoral court in Dresden, a post he holds until his death in 1691

Sep 4

  • Carl Heinrich Biber born (Salzburg) Austrian violinist, composer. Kappelmeister at the Salzburg court from 1743. Son of Heinrich Ignaz Biber (1644-1704). Died 1749

Sep 28

  • Johann Mattheson born (Hamburg) German composer, writer, diplomat, theorist, critic. Died 1764

Oct 22

  • Benedetto Ferrari (c. 78) dies in Modena

Oct 25

  • Johann Pachelbel marries Barbara Gabier in Erfurt

Nov 13

  • Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani’s opera Mitilene, regina delle Amazoni [Mytilene, queen of the Amazons] premiered in Naples. Lib. N. Minato

Nov 15

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera L’albero del ramo d’oro [the golden bough] premiered in Ödenburg, Austria. Lib. N. Minato

Nov 18

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work Gli aborti della fretta [the hasty miscarriage] premiered in Ödenburg. Lib. N. Minato

Dec 11

  • Emanuele d’Astorga born (Augusta, Italy) Italian composer. Died 1736

Dec 14

  • Giuseppe Valentini born (Florence) Italian violinist, composer, painter, poet. Died 1753

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  • Francesco Corbetta (c. 66) dies in Paris

publications

  • Heinrich Ignaz Biber’s Sonatae violino solo published in Nuremberg
  • Arcangelo Corelli’s Sonate a tre op.1 (12 pieces) published in Rome
  • Henri Dumont’s Motets à deux III et IV parties, pour voix et instruments published in Paris
  • Francesco Foggia’s Offertoria op.18 for 4 to 8 voices and organ published in Rome
  • Johann Wolfgang Franck’s Geistliche Lieder published in Hamburg

Arcangelo Corelli 1653-1713

1682

Feb 7

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

Feb 11

  • Johann Jacob Bach born (Eisenach, Germany) German oboe player in Swedish army, flute player in Swedish court. Son of Johann Ambrosius (1645-95), brother of Johann Christoph (1671-1721), Johann Balthasar (1673-91) and JS (1685-1750) Bach. Died 1722

Feb 25

  • Alessandro Stradella (42) murdered in Genoa after affair with married woman. Neither his killers nor their employer was ever discovered

Mar 14

  • Francisco Soler appointed maestro de capilla at Girona cathedral, Catalonia

Mar 20

  • Bernardo Pasquini’s oratorio Divae Clarae triumphus [noble triumph of the goddess] premiered in Rome. Lib. A.F. Noceto

Mar 26

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama Il terremoto [the earthquake] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Mar

  • Henri Desmarest’s opera Endymion premiered in Versailles. Lib. composer

Apr 3

  • Valentin Rathgeber born (Oberelsbach, Germany) German composer, organist, choirmaster, priest, Benedictine monk. Died 1750

Apr 5

  • Johann Krieger appointed organist at St.Johanniskirche, Zittau

Apr 11

  • Jean-Joseph Mouret born (Avignon) French composer, singer. Known particularly for his stage music. Died 1738

Apr 18

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

May

  • Giovanni Legrenzi’s opera Ottaviano Cesare Augusto [Octavian Caesar Augustus] premiered in Mantua. Lib. N. Beregan

Jun 9

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work Gli Argonauti in viaggio [the travels of the Argonauts] premiered in Laxenburg. Lib. N. Minato

Jul 1

  • Johann Christian Bach (41) buried in Erfurt

Jul 14

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Il tempio d’Apollo in Delfo [The temple of Apollo at Delphi], lib. N Minato, premiered in Laxenburg, Austria
  • Henry Purcell admitted as a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal as an organist

Jul 30

  • Johann Nicolaus Bach (29) dies in Erfurt

Aug

  • Christian Ferdinand Abel born (Hanover) German violinist, cellist, viol player. Son of Clamor Heinrich Abel (1634-96), father of Leopold August Abel (1717-94) and Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-87). Died 1761

Oct 15

  • John Ferrabosco (56) dies in Ely

Nov 15

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work Gli emblemi [emblems] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Nov

  • Alessandro Scarlatti appointed maestro di cappella at S Girolamo della Carità, Rome
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s opera Les plaisirs de Versailles premiered in Paris

Dec

  • Johann Paul von Westhoff’s Sonata for violin and basso continuo published in French magazine Mercure Galant

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  • Johann Friedrich Bach born (Eisenach, Germany) German organist. Son of Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703), brother of Johann Nicolaus (1669-1753), Johann Christoph (b. 1676) and Johann Michael (b. 1685) Bach. Died 1730
  • Jean-François Dandrieu born (Paris) French composer, harpsichordist, organist. Died 1738
  • Giacobbe Cervetto born (Livorno) Italian cellist, composer. Died 1783
  • Gaspar de Verlit (60) dies in Brussels

publications

  • Heinrich Ignaz Biber’s Missa Salisburgensis published in Salzburg (assumed author, but not certain)
  • Georg Muffat’s Armonico tributo (5 string sonatas) published in Salzburg
  • Robert de Visée’s collection of guitar music, Livre di guittarre dédié au roy, published in Paris
  • Giovanni Battista Vitali’s Varie partite del passemezo, ciaccona, capricii, e passagalii op.7 for string trio published in Modena
  • Johann Paul von Westhoff’s Erstes Dutzend Allemanden, Couranten, Sarabanden und Giguen Violino Solo published in Dresden. Considered the earliest known book of solo violin music
Heinrich Ignaz Biber - Missa Salisburgensis (Erato)

Heinrich Ignaz Biber – Missa Salisburgensis (Erato)

1683

Jan 6

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera Phaëton premiered in Versailles. Lib. P. Quinault after Ovid

Jan 10

  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera Il re infante [the infant King] premiered in Venice. Lib. M. Noris

Jan 13

  • Christoph Graupner born (Kirchberg, Germany) German composer, harpsichordist, teacher, conductor. Died 1760

Jan 14

  • Gottfried Silbermann born (Kleinbobritzsch, Germany) German piano and organ maker. Brother of Andreas Silbermann (1678-1734). 29 of 50 organs built by Silbermann still exist. Died 1753

Jan 20

  • Giacomo Antonio Perti’s opera Marzio Coriolano premiered in Venice. Lib. F. Silvani

Jan 25

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera Il Pompeo premiered in Rome. Lib. N. Minato

Jan 31

  • Bernardo Pasquini’s opera La Tessalonica premiered in Rome. Lib. N. Minato

Jan

  • Johann Paul von Westhoff’s Suite for violin solo published in French magazine Mercure Galant

Feb 4

  • Johann Sebastiani (c.60) buried in Kaliningrad

Feb 11

  • Solomon Eccles (65) dies in London

Feb 12

  • Giovanni Legrenzi’s opera Giustino premiered in Venice. Lib. N. Beregan

Apr 16

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama L’eternità sogetta al tempo [eternity subject to time] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Apr 17

  • Johann David Heinichen born (Weißenfels, Germany) German composer, music theorist, choirmaster, teacher. Died 1729

May 6

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s ballet Bewillkommende Frühlingsfreude [the welcome joys of spring] premiered in Darmstadt

May 8

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s singspiel Das Band der beständigen Freundschaft [the bond of firm friendship] premiered in Darmstadt

Jun 9

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La lira d’Orfeo [the lyre of Orpheus], lib. N Minato, premiered in Laxenburg, Austria

Jun

  • André Campra appointed maître de musique at St Etienne cathedral, Toulouse

Jul 10

  • William Broderip born (Wells, Somerset) English organist, composer. Died 1726

Jul

  • Alessandro Poglietti dies during the Siege of Vienna. Birth date and place unknown. Organist, composer. Court organist in Vienna 1661-1683

Aug 5

  • Johann Ernst Bach born (Arnstadt, Germany) German organist. Son of Johann Christoph Bach (1645-93), brother of Johann Christoph Bach (1689-1740). Died 1777

Sep 22

  • Ignazio Albertini (c. 41) dies in Vienna

Sep 25

  • Jean-Philippe Rameau born (Dijon?, France) French composer, music theorist, organist. Wrote more than 30 operas and many other works including 8 books for harpsichord. Died 1764

Sep

  • Michel Richard Delalande’s motet De profundis premiered in Paris

Oct 8

  • Philipp Friedrich Böddecker (76) dies in Stuttgart

Nov 6

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera L’Aldimiro premiered in Naples. Lib. G.D. de Totis

Dec 10

  • Giacomo Antonio Perti’s oratorio Abramo premiered in Bologna. Lib. G. Malisardi

Dec 18

  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera Licinio imperatore [emperor Licinius] premiered in Venice. Lib. M. Noris

Dec 21

  • Carlo Bergonzi born (Cremona) Italian luthier, pupil of Antonio Stradivari. Died 1747
  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera La Psiche premiered in Naples. Lib. G.D. de Totis

Dec

  • Henry Purcell succeeds John Hingeston as keeper of the king´s wind and keyboard instruments

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  • John Blow’s opera Venus & Adonis premiered in either London or Windsor. Considered the first English opera

publications

  • Heinrich Ignaz Biber’s Fidicinium sacro-profanum for 3 or 4 instruments published in Nuremberg
  • Benedictus Buns’s Encomia sacra musice decantanda op.6 published in Utrecht
  • Nicolas Gigault’s collection of organ works Livre de musique dédié а la Très Saincte Vierge published in Paris
  • Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers’s book on Gregoran chant Dissertation sur le chant grégorien published in Paris
  • Johann Pachelbel’s Musicalische Sterbens-Gedancken, a collection of chorale variations for keyboard published in Erfurt
  • Henry Purcell’s Sonnatas of III. Parts (12 sonatas) published in London
  • Giovanni Battista Vitali’s Balletti, correnti, e capricci per camera op.8 for string trio published in Modena

John Blow – Venus and Adonis (Universal)

1684

Jan 16

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

Jan 22

  • Giovanni Legrenzi’s opera Publio Elio Pertinace premiered in Venice. Lib. P. d’Averara

Feb 12

  • Pietro Ziani (67) dies in Naples
  • Bernardo Pasquini’s opera La vita e un sogno di notte [life is a dream at night] premiered in Rome. Lib. J. Cicogini

Feb 16

  • Bohuslav Matěj Černohorský baptised (Nymburk, Czech Rep) Czech composer, organist, teacher, priest. Died 1742

Feb 17

  • Alessandro Scarlatti appointed maestro di cappella of the chapel of the viceroy of Naples

Mar 31

  • Francesco Durante born (Frattamaggiore, Italy) Italian composer, teacher. Wrote mainly sacred music. Died 1755
  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama Il segno dell’humana salute [the sign of human health] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Apr 12

  • Nicolò Amati (87) dies in Cremona

May 8

  • Henri Dumont (c. 73) dies in Paris

Jun 9

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Tullio Hostiliio aprendo il tempio di Giano [Tullus Hostilius opens the temple of Janus] premiered in Linz, Austria. Lib. N. Minato

Jun 22

  • Francesco Manfredini born (Pistoia, Italy) Italian composer, violinist, choirmaster. Father of Vincenzo Manfredini (1737-99). Died 1762

Sep 12

  • Johann Rosenmüller (c. 65) dies in Wolfenbüttel

Sep 18

  • Johann Gottfried Walther born (Leipzig) German composer, music theorist, lexicographer, organist, teacher. Compiler of the Musicalisches Lexicon (Leipzig, 1732). Cousin of JS Bach (1985-1750). Died 1748

Sep 23

  • Johann Theodor Römhild born (Bad Salzungen, Germany) German composer, Kappelmeister. Died 1756

Oct

  • Johann Kuhnau appointed organist at the Thomaskirche, Leipzig

Dec 28

  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera Massimo Pupieno premiered in Venice lib. Aurelio Aureli

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  • François d’Agincourt born (Rouen) French composer, organist, harpsichordist. Died 1758
  • (spring) Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s opera Actéon premiered in Paris. Lib. Charpentier
  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s oratorio Agar et Ismaele esiliati [Hagar and Ishmael banished] composed

publications

  • Domenico Gabrielli’s Balletti, gighe, correnti, alemande, e sarabande op.1 for strings published in Bologna
  • Giovanni Battista Granata’s guitar collection Armonici toni di vari suonate musicali concertante, a due violini, e basso, con la chitarra spagnola op.7 published in Bologna
  • Giovanni Battista Vitali’s Sonate da chiesa op.9 for 2 violins and organ published in Venice & Varie sonate alla francese, e all’itagliana op.11 for 6 instruments & Hinni sacri per tutto l’anno op.10 published in Modena

Domenico Gabrielli 1651-90

1685

Jan 6

  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera Massimo Puppieno premiered in Venice. Lib. A. Aureli

Jan 8

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera Roland premiered in Versailles. Lib. P. Quinault after L. Ariosto

Jan 16

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera I varii effetti d’amore [the various effects of love] premiered in Vienna

Jan 20

  • Carlo Francesco Pollarolo’s opera I Deliri pre Amore [the delusions of love] premiered in Brescia. Lib. Francesco Miliati

Jan 28

  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera Penelope la casta [Penelope the chaste] premiered in Venice. Lib. Matteo Noris

Feb 23

  • George Frideric Handel born (Halle, Germany) Anglo-German composer. Works include 42 operas, 29 oratorios, more than 120 cantatas, 16 organ concerti and many other pieces, both vocal and instrumental. Settled in England in 1712 and became a naturalized citizen. Died 1759

Mar 18

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s oratorio l trionfo della gratia [the triumph of grace] premiered in Rome. Lib. B. Pamphili

Mar 31

  • Johann Sebastian Bach born (Eisenach, Germany) German composer, organist. Cantor of the Thomasschule in Leipzig from 1727. Son of Johann Ambrosius Bach, brother of Johann Christoph, Johann Balthasar (1673-91) and Johann Jacob (1682-1722) Bach, father of Wilhelm Friedmann (1710-84), Carl Philip Emanuel (1714-88), Johann Gottfried Bernhard (1715-39), Gottfried Heinrich (1724-63), Johann Christoph Friedrich (1732-95) and Johann Christian (1735-82) Bach. One of the most celebrated composers in history. Main areas of composition were cantatas (more than 200) and works for organ and harpsichord, but also composed oratorios, passions, masses, songs, concertos and works for violin and lute. Died 1750
  • Juan Hidalgo (70) dies in Madrid

Apr 16

  • Giovanni Legrenzi appointed maestro di cappella of S Marco, Venice

Jun 10

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La più generosa Spartana [the generous Spartan] premiered in Vienna

Jun 23

  • Antonio Bernacchi born (Bologna) Italian castrato, teacher, composer. Died 1756

Jun 30

  • John Gay born (Barnstaple) English dramatist, poet, satirist. Died 1732

Jul 16

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work Il sagrificio d’Amore [the sacrifice of love] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato
  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s comédies-ballet Idylle sur la paix [idyll of peace] premiered in Sceaux. Lib. J. Racine

Jul 22

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work Le recreazioni di Tempe [Tempe’s recreations] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Aug 1

  • Johann Michael Bach baptised (Eisenach, Germany) German organ builder. Son of Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703), brother of Johann Nicolaus (1669-1753), Johann Christoph (b. 1676) and Johann Friedrich (1682-1730) Bach. Left to work in Sweden in 1703, death date unknown

Aug 17

  • Johann Christoph Bach baptised (Erfurt, Germany) German music administrator, musician. Son of Johann Aegidius Bach (1645-1713), brother of Johann Bernhard Bach (1676-1749), father of Johann Friedrich (1706-43) and Johann Aegidius (1709-46) Bach. Died 1740

Sep 17

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Il Palladio in Roma [the Palladium in Rome] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Sep 20

  • Giuseppe Matteo Alberti born (Bologna) Italian composer, violinist. Died 1751

Oct 20

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s ballet Le temple de la paix [the temple of peace] premiered in Fontainebleau

Oct 26

  • Domenico Scarlatti born (Naples) Italian composer, keyboard player. Son of Alessandro Gaspare Scarlatti (1660-1725), brother of Pietro Filippo Scarlatti (1679-1750). Worked in Italy, Portugal and Spain. Best known for his 555 keyboard sonatas. Died 1757

Nov 15

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Il rissarcimento della ruota della Fortuna [compensation of the wheel of fortune], lib. N. Minato, premiered in Vienna

Dec 12

  • Lodovico Giustini born (Pistoia, Italy) Italian composer, organist. First composer known to have written music for the piano. Died 1743

Dec 23

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera Olimpia vendicata [Olympia avenged] premiered in Naples. Lib. A. Aureli

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  • *Louis-Antoine Dornel born (Paris) French composer, harpsichordist. Died 1756
  • Georg Gebel the elder born (Wroclaw) German composer, organist. Father of Georg Gebel the younger (1709-53). Died 1750
  • *John Reading born (London) English composer, organist, arranger and music anthologiser. Probably son of organist John Reading. Died 1764
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s opera Les arts florissants premiered in Paris
  • Henry Purcell’s They that go down to the sea in ships written

publications

  • Giovanni Bononcini’s Trattenimenti da camera op.1 (12 pieces for quartet); Concerti da camera op.2 (12 concertos for quartet) & Sinfonie op.3 (12 symphonies for 5 to 8 strings and organ) published in Bologna
  • Arcangelo Corelli’s Sonate da camera a tre op.2 (12 pieces) published in Rome
  • Johann Wolfgang Franck’s Geistliches Gesangbuch published in Hamburg
  • Nicolas Gigault’s collection of organ works Livre de musique pour l’orgue published in Paris
  • Nicolas Lebègue’s 3e livre d’orgue published in Paris
  • Agostino Steffani’s motet collection Sacer Ianus quadrifrons published in Munich
  • Giovanni Battista Vitali’s Balli in stile francese op.12 for 5 instruments published in Modena
henry purcell (1659-1695)

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

1686

Jan 8

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s opera Die siegende Weisheit [wisdom triumphant] premiered in Darmstadt

Jan 13

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Lo studio d’amore [the study of love], lib. N Minato, premiered in Vienna
  • Giacomo Antonio Perti’s opera L’incoronazione di Dario [the coronation of Darius] premiered in Bologna. Lib. G.M. Rapparini

Jan 19

  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera Amore inamorato [love enamoured] premiered in Venice. Lib. M. Noris

Jan 20

  • Carlo Francesco Pollarolo’s opera I delirii per amore [the delerium of love] premiered in Brescia. Lib. F Miliati

Jan 26

  • Bernardo Pasquini’s opera Il silentio d’Arpocrate [the silence of Harpocrates] premiered in Rome. Lib. N. Minato

Feb 1

  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera L’amazone corsara [the amazon pirate] premiered in Venice. Lib. G.C. Corradi

Feb 15

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera Armide premiered in Paris. Lib. P. Quinault after T. Tasso

Feb 16

  • Giacomo Antonio Perti’s opera La Flavia premiered in Bologna. Lib. G.M. Rapparini

Feb 24

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Le scioccagini degli Psilli [the ? of Psylli] premiered in Vienna, lib. N Minato

Apr 12

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama Il dono della vita eterna [the gift of eternal life] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Jun 11

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Il nodo gordiano [the gordian knot], lib. N Minato, premiered in Vienna

Jun 15

  • Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani’s opera L’Elidoro premiered in Saponara

Jun 24

  • Domenico Montagnana born (Lendinara, Italy) Italian luthier, particulalrly known for his cellos. Died 1750

Jul 22

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Le ninfe ritrose [the unwilling nymphs], lib. N Minato, premiered in Vienna

Jul 29

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s opera-ballet Die triumphierende Tugend [the triumphant virtue] premiered in Darmstadt

Jul 31

  • Benedetto Marcello born (Venice) Italian composer, writer, teacher, magistrate. Brother of Alessandro Marcello (1669-1747). Died 1739

Aug 17

  • Nicola Porpora born (Naples) Italian composer, singing teacher, choirmaster. Wrote nearly 50 operas. Died 1768

Aug 25

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s serenata L’Olimpo in Mergellina [Olympus in Mergellina] premiered in Mergellina

Aug 29

  • Wilhelm Hieronymus Pachelbel born (Erfurt) German composer, organist. Son of Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706). Died 1764

Sep 6

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera Acis et Galatée premiered in Paris. Lib. J.G. de Campistron after Ovid
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s opera La descente d’Orphée aux enfers [the descent of Orpheus into the underworld] premiered in Paris. Lib. unknown

Oct 31

  • Senesino aka Francesco Bernardi born (Siena) Italian castrato singer. Died 1758

Nov 15

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La grotta di Vulcano [Vulcan’s cave], lib. N Minato, premiered in Vienna

Nov

  • John Playford (c. 43) dies in London

Dec 15

  • Jean-Joseph Fiocco born (Brussels) Flemish composer, choirmaster. Son of Pietro Antonio Fiocco (1654-1714). Died 1746

Dec 21

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera Clearco in Negroponte premiered in Naples. Lib. A. Arcoleo

Dec 25

  • Giovanni Battista Somis born (Turin) Italian composer, violinist, teacher. Died 1763

Dec 26

  • Domenico Gabrielli’s opera Il Maurizio premiered in Venice. Lib. A. Morselli
  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera Elmiro re di Corinto [Elmiro king of Corinth] premiered in Venice. Lib. V. Grimani and G. Frisari

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  • Giovanni Battista Bassani appointed maestro di cappella at Ferrara Cathedral (until 1712)

publications

  • Giovanni Bononcini’s Sinfonie op.4 (12 symphonies for quintet) published in Bologna
  • Johann Kaspar Kerll’s organ collection Modulatio organica published in Munich
  • Marin Marais’s Pièces 1er livre for 1 or 2 viols published in Paris
  • Giuseppe Torelli’s Sonate a 3 op.1 (10 sonatas) & Concerto da camera op.2 (12 concertos) published in Bologna
  • Robert de Visée’s Livre de pièces pour la guitare published in Paris

Giuseppe Torelli 1658-1709

1687

Jan 4

  • Carlo Pallavicino’s opera La Gierusalemme liberata [Jerusalem freed] premiered in Venice. Lib. G.C. Corradi

Jan 8

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully injures his toe when beating a staff on the floor

Jan 18

  • Agostino Steffani’s opera Alarico il Baltha, cioè L’audace re de’ gothi [Alaric the bold king of the Goths] premiered in Munich. Lib. L. Orlandi

Feb 1

  • Johann Adam Birkenstock born (Kassel) German composer, violinist, concert master. Invented the Birkenstock, a kind of shoe. Died 1733

Feb 15

  • Antonio Draghi’s oratorio Entrata di Christo nel deserto [Christ enters the desert] premiered in Vienna. Lib. H. da Pergine

Mar 9

  • Giovanni Bononcini’s oratorio La vittoria di Davidde contro Golia [the victory of David over Goliath] premiered in Bologna. Lib. P.P. Seta

Mar 22

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully (54) dies in Paris of gangrene which spread from an abcess on his toe caused by the accident on Jan 8

Mar 28

  • Constantijn Huygens (90) dies in Den Haag

Apr 25

  • Johannes Caioni (58) dies in Lazarea, Romania

May 16

  • Johann Philipp Krieger’s opera Die glückliche Verbindung des Zephyr mit der Flora [the fortunate alliance of Zephyr and Flora] premiered in Weissenfels. Lib. unknown

Jun 9

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La vendetta dell’onestà [revenge of honesty], lib. N Minato, premiered in Vienna

Jul 1

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La gemma Ceraunia d’Ulissipone hora Lisbona [Lisbona, the gem of Ceraunia d’Ulissipone] premiered in Heidelberg. Lib. N. Minato

Jul 9

  • Arcangelo Corelli appointed as music master to Cardinal Pamphili in Rome

Jul 22

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La vittoria della fortezza [the victory of the fortress], lib. N Minato, premiered in Vienna

Aug 24

  • Michael Wise (c.40) is killed by a blow to the head by a member of the Salisbury Nightwatch following a domestic dispute

Aug 26

  • Willem de Fesch born (Alkmaar, Netherlands) Dutch composer, violone player, conductor. Worked with Handel in London. Died 1761
  • Henry Carey born (London) English poet, dramatist, songwriter. Wrote Sally in Our Alley and many other popular songs. Died 1743

Sep 19

  • John Blow succeeds Michael Wise as organist and choirmaster at St Paul’s cathedral, London

Oct 12

  • Sylvius Leopold Weiss born (Grodków, Poland) German composer, lutenist. Died 1750

Oct 14

  • Domenico Gabrielli dismissed from his post as cellist at S Petronio, Bologna for neglect of duty

Nov 11

  • Jean-Baptiste Senaillé born (Paris) French violin virtuoso, composer. Died 1730

Nov 23

  • Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera Achille et Polyxène premiered in Paris. Lib. J.G. de Campistron after Homer

Dec 5

  • Francesco Geminiani born (Lucca) Italian composer, music theorist, violinist, teacher. Died 1762
  • Ercole Bernabei (c. 65) dies in Monaco

Dec 26

  • Johann Georg Pisendel born (Cadolzburg, Germany) German composer, violinist. Concert master of the Dresden court orchestra from 1728. Died 1755

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  • *Giovanni Battista Granata (c. 66) dies

publications

  • Giovanni Bononcini’s Sinfonie da chiesa op.5 (12 symphonies for quintet) & Sinfonie a due op.6 (12 symphonies for string duo and organ) published in Bologna
  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s Das grosse Cantional oder Kirchen-Gesangbuch published in Darmstadt
  • Johann Wolfgang Franck’s Erster Theil musicalischer Andachten published in Hamburg
  • Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre’s Premier Livre de Pièces de Clavessin published in Paris
  • Nicolas Lebègue’s 2e livre de clavessin published in Paris
  • Johannes Schenk’s Eenige gezangen op.1 (27 songs for solo voice and accompaniment) published in Amsterdam
  • Giuseppe Torelli’s Sinfonie op.3 (12 pieces for 2 to 4 instruments) published in Bologna
Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665-1729) Painting by François de Troy

Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665-1729) Painting by François de Troy

1688

Jan 8

  • Francesco Foggia (83) dies in Rome

Jan 17

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Il marito ama più [the husband loves more], lib. N Minato, premiered in Bratislava

Jan 21

  • Domenico Gabrielli’s opera Carlo il grande [Charles the Great] premiered in Venice. Lib. A. Morselli

Jan 29

  • Carlo Pallavicino (c. 57) dies in Dresden

Feb 19

  • Domenico Gabrielli’s opera Il Gordiano [the Gordian] premiered in Venice. Lib. A. Morselli

Feb 25

  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s opera David et Jonathas premiered in Paris. Lib. François de Paule Bretonneau

Feb 26

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

Mar 23

  • Domenico Gabrielli reinstated as cellist at S Petronio, Bologna after being sacked on 14/10/1687

Mar 25

  • Giovanni Bononcini’s oratorio Giosuè premiered in Bologna. Lib. T. Stanzani

Apr 15

  • Johann Friedrich Fasch born (Buttelstedt, Germany) German composer, choirmaster. Kappelmeister of Zerbst, Germany from 1722. Father of Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch (1736-1800). Died 1758

Apr 16

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama La vita nella morte [life in death] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

May

  • Bartolomeo Cristofori employed by Ferdinando de Medici as a technician and inventor

Jun 10

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La moglie ama meglio [the wife loves better], lib. N Minato, premiered in Vienna

Jun 30

  • Thomas Ken and six others acquitted of ‘High Misdemeanour’ after being charged for refusing to publish James II’s Declaration of Indulgence

Jul 6

  • Jean-Baptiste Loeillet (of Ghent) aka Loeillet de Gant born (Ghent) Flemish composer. Cousin of Jean Baptiste Loeillet of London (1680-1730). Died c.1720

Jul 22

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work Pische cercando Amore [Psyche searching for love] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Jul 26

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work Specchio historico [mirror of history] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Sep 13

  • Luca Antonio Predieri born (Bologna) Italian composer, violinist, Kappelmeister. Wrote over 30 operas. Died 1767

Oct 17

  • Domenico Zipoli born (Florence) Italian composer, organist. Jesuit missionary to South America. Died 1726

Nov 2

  • Johann Philipp Krieger’s opera Cecrops mit seinen drei Töchtern [Cecrops and his three daughters] premiered in Weissenfels

Nov 11

  • Wolfgang Carl Briegel’s ballet L’enchantement de Medée [the enchantment of Medea] premiered in Darmstadt

Nov 14

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera Il Flavio premiered in Naples. Lib. M. Noris

Nov 26

  • Philippe Quinault (53) dies in Paris

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  • Anne Chabanceau de La Barre (c.60) dies in Paris
  • Zacharias Hildebrandt born (Ziębice, Poland) German organ builder. Worked for Gottfried Silbermann 1713-22. Died 1757
  • *Thomas Roseingrave born (Winchester) English composer, organist. Son of Daniel Roseingrave (c.1655-1727). Died 1766
  • Turlough Carolan goes blind aged 18 after contracting smallpox

publications

  • Giovanni Bononcini’s Messe brevi op.7 (4 masses) published in Bologna
  • Johann Philipp Krieger’s 12 suonate for two violins published in Nuremberg
  • Giacomo Antonio Perti’s Cantate morali e spirituali op.1 published in Bologna
  • André Raison’s Premier livre d’orgue published in Paris
  • Johann Adam Reincken’s instrumental collection Hortus musicus recentibus aliquot Flosculis published in Hamburg
  • Johannes Schenk’s Tyd en konst-oeffeningen op.2 (15 sonatas for viola da gamba & accompaniment) published in Amsterdam
  • Giuseppe Torelli’s Concertino per camera op.4 (12 concertinos) published in Bologna
  • Johann Jakob Walther’s collection of violin music Hortus chelicus (aka Wohlgepflanzter Violinischer Lustgarten) published

Irish postage stamp issued in honour of Turlough Carolan 1670-1738

1689

Jan 13

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Pigmaleone in Cipro [Pygmalion in Cyprus] premiered in Vienna

Jan 30

  • Agostino Steffani’s opera Henrico Leone [Henry the lion] premiered in Hanover. Lib. O. Mauro

Feb 19

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera La Rosaura premiered in Vienna. Lib. O. Malvezzi

Feb 27

  • Pietro Gnocchi born (Brescia) Italian composer, singer, organist, historian, choirmaster. Maestro di cappella at Brescia cathedral from 1723. Died 1775

Mar 1

  • Marin Marais’ Pieces for 1 and 2 viols, Book I published in Paris

Apr 8

  • Antonio Draghi’s sacred drama L’esclamar à gran voce [exclaim in a loud voice] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Apr

  • Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Æneas premiered in London. Lib. Nahum Tate

May 5

  • John Tufts born (Medford, MA) American music educationalist, writer. Died 1750

Jun 9

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work Le corone trionfali [the triuphal crowns] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Jul 24

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Il riposo nelli disturbi [disturbance of rest] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Jul 26

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work I doni heroici [heroic gifts] premiered in Vienna. Lib. N. Minato

Aug 28

  • Antonio Draghi’s choral work I pianeti benigni [benign planets] premiered in Neuburg. Lib. N. Minato

Sep 6

  • Edward Purcell born (London) English organist. Son of Henry Purcell (1659-95). Died 1740

Sep 12

  • Johann Christoph Bach born (Arnstadt, Germany) German organist, teacher, merchant. Son of Johann Christoph Bach (1645-93), brother of Johann Ernst Bach (1683-1739). Died 1740

Sep 30

  • Jacques Aubert born (Paris) French composer, violinist. Died 1753

Nov 2

  • Carlo Francesco Pollarolo’s opera Antonino e Pompeiano premiered in Bologna. Lib. Giacomo Francesco Bussani

Nov 3

  • Johann Joseph Ignaz Brentner born (Dobřany, Czech Rep) Czech composer. Died 1742

Nov 6

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera L’Amazzone corsara [the amazon pirate] premiered in Naples. Lib. G.C. Corradi

Nov 13

  • Philipp von Zesen (70) dies in Hamburg

Nov 21

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Il Telemacco premiered in Augsburg. Lib. O. Malvezzi

Dec 1

  • Hieronymus Albrecht Hass baptised (Hamburg) German harpsichord maker. Father of Johann Adolph Hass (1713-71). Died 1752

Dec 23

  • Joseph Bodin de Boismortier born (Thionville, France) French composer. One of the first composers to make a living purely off the proceeds of his publications, with more than 100 issued in his lifetime. Died 1755

publications

  • Jean-Henri d’Anglebert’s Pieces de clavecin published in Paris
  • Arcangelo Corelli’s Sonate a tre op.3 (12 pieces) published in Rome
  • Johann Kaspar Kerll’s Missae sex, cum instrumentis concertantibus published in Munich
  • Johann Kuhnau’s Neuer Clavier-Übung erster Theil (7 suites) published in Leipzig
  • Michel Lambert’s 60 Airs published in Paris
  • Giovanni Legrenzi’s Sacri musicali concerti op.15 published in Venice
  • Francesco Provenzale’s Motetti (13 pieces) published in Naples
  • Henry Purcell’s The Second Part of Musick’s Hand-maid (keyboard works) published in London
  • Giovanni Battista Vitali’s Artificii musicali op.13 published in Modena
Henry Purcell - Dido and Aeneas (Chandos)

Henry Purcell – Dido and Aeneas (Chandos)

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