1715-19

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* = approximate date

Jan 1715

12

  • Jacques Duphly born (Rouen) French composer, harpsichordist, organist, teacher. Died 1789

29

  • Georg Christoph Wagenseil born (Vienna) Austrian composer, organist, harpsichordist, teacher. Died 1777

Feb 1715

11

  • Francesco Gasparini’s opera Amor vince l’odio [love conquers hate], lib. Antonio Salvi, premiered in Florence

16

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera Tigrane premiered in Naples. Lib. D. Lalli

Mar 1715

1

  • Reinhard Keiser’s opera Triumph des Friedens [triumph of peace], lib. Johann Ulrich von König, premiered in Hamburg

10

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio S Ferma premiered in Rome (first setting)

24

  • Antonio Caldara’s Oratorio per la SS Annunziata premiered in Rome

31

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Abisai premiered in Rome

Apr 1715

1

  • Jean-Philippe Rameau reappointed organist at Clermont Cathedral after leaving the post in 1709

4

  • Johann Fux’s oratorio La donna forte nella madre de’ sette Maccabei [the strong woman in the mother of the seven Maccabees] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

7

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Jefte premiered in Rome

11

  • John Alcock born (London) English organist, composer. Held positions in Plymouth, Reading, Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield and Tamworth retiring in 1790. Died 1806

14

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio La conversione di Clodoveo rè di Francia [the conversion of Clovis, King of France] premiered in Rome. Lib. C.S. Capece

19

  • James Nares born (England) English composer, organist, choirmaster. Died 1783

21

  • JS Bach’s cantata Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret [Heaven laughs! The Earth rejoices], BWV 31 premiered in Weimar
  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio La ribellione d’Assalonne [the rebellion of Absalom] premiered in Rome

23

  • Johann Friedrich Doles born (Steinbach-Hallenberg, Germany) German composer, Kantor, pupil of JS Bach. Died 1797

May 1715

11

  • Johann Gottfried Bernhard Bach born (Weimar) German organist, law student. Son of JS Bach, brother of Wilhelm Friedmann (1710-84), Carl Philip Emanuel (1714-88), Gottfried Heinrich (1724-63), Johann Christoph Friedrich (1732-95) and Johann Christian (1735-82) Bach. Died 1739
  • Ignazio Fiorillo born (Naples) Italian opera composer. Court composer in Braunschweig and Kassel. Died 1787

25

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Amadigi di Gaula [Amadis of Gaul] premiered in London. Lib. A.H. de Lamotte

Jul 1715

30

  • Nahum Tate (c. 63) dies in London

Sep 1715

2

  • Constantin Christian Dedekind (87) dies in Dresden

Oct 1715

1

  • Johann Fux’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

Nov 1715

16

  • Girolamo Abos born (Valetta) Maltese composer, teacher. Died 1760

26

  • Giuseppe Maria Orlandini’s opera I veri amici [true friends], lib. Francesco Silvani and Giovanni Boldini, premiered in Naples

Dec 1715

4

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s Serenata in honour of the vicereine, Donna Barbara d’Erbenstein premiered in Naples

22

  • JS Bach’s cantata Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn! [Prepare the way, prepare the course!] BWV 132 premiered in Weimar

26

  • Antonio Maria Bononcini’s opera Il tiranno eroe [the tyrant hero], lib. Vincenzo Cassani, premiered in Milan
  • Carlo Francesco Pollarolo’s opera Il germanico premiered in Venice. Lib. Pietro Giorgio Barziza

1715 (date unknown)

  • Daniel Eberlin (67) dies in Kassel
  • *Vasily Polikarpovich Titov (c. 65) dies in Moscow
  • *JS Bach’s six English Suites (BWV806-811) composed

publications

  • Tomaso Albinoni’s Concerti a cinque op.7 (12 concertos for quintet) published in Amsterdam
  • Antonio Caldara’s Motetti op.4 (12 motets) published in Bologna
  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s Six sonates for violin and bass published in Frankfurt

JS Bach – English Suites for harpsichord (Musica Omnia)

Jan 1716

3

  • Isabella Lampe (Young) baptised (London) English soprano singer. Sister of Cecilia Young (1712-89), wife of John Frederick Lampe (1703-51). Died 1795

24

  • Carlo Francesco Pollarolo’s opera Il germanico premiered in Venice. Lib. P.G. Barziza

26

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera Carlo re d’Allemagna [Charles king of Germany] premiered in Naples. Lib. F. Silvani

Feb 1716

2

  • Antonio Maria Bononcini’s opera Sesostri re d’Egitto [Sesostris, king of Egypt], lib. Apostolo Zeno and Pietro Pariati, premiered in Milan

Mar 1716

3

  • Jacques Aubert’s opera Arlequin gentilhomme malgré lui [Harlequin gentleman in spite of himself], lib. Alain-René Lesage, premiered in Paris

5

  • Johann Fux’s oratorio Il trionfo della fede [the triumph of faith] premiered in Vienna. Lib. B. Maddali

21

  • Josef Seger born (Repin, Czech Rep) Czech composer, organist, teacher. Died 1782

Apr 1716

3

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s oratorio Brockes-Passion premiered in Frankfurt. Lib. Barthold Heinrich Brockes

4

  • Nicolo Porpora’s sacred drama Il trionfo della divina giustizia ne’tormenti e morte di Giesù Cristo signor nostro [the triumph of divine justice in the torment and death of Jesus Christ our Lord] premiered in Naples

10

  • Johann Fux’s oratorio Il fonte della salute aperto dalla grazia nel Calvario [the source of health opened by grace at Calvary] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

12

  • Felice Giardini born (Turin) Italian composer, violinist. Died 1796

30

  • Toussaint Bertin de la Doué’s opera Ajax premiered in Paris. Lib. Ménesson

May 1716

3

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera La virtù trionfante dell’odio e dell’amore [the triumphant virtue of love and hate] premiered in Naples. Lib. F. Silvani

20

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s serenata La gloria di primavera [the glory of spring] premiered in Naples

unk

  • Antonio Vivaldi appointed maestro de’ concerti at the Pio Ospedale della Pietà, Venice

Jun 1716

20

  • George Frideric Handel’s Orchestra Concerto premiered in London
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Jul 1716

24

  • Jacques Aubert’s opera Arlequin Hulla, lib. Alain-René Lesage,  premiered in Paris

30

  • John Weldon’s opera The Tempest, lib. William Davenant, John Dryden and Thomas Shadwell after William Shakespeare,  premiered in London

Aug 1716

3

  • Sebastian Durón (56) dies in Cambo-les-Bains, France, of tuberculosis

Sep 1716

14

  • Johann Fux’s opera Angelica vincitrice di Alcina [Angelica winner of Alcina] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

16

  • Angelo Maria Amorevoli born (Venice) Italian tenor singer. Died 1798

25

  • Johann Christoph Pez (52) dies in Stuttgart

Oct 1716

1

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Il maggior grande [the great majority] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

27

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Arsilda, regina di Ponto [Arsilda, Queen of Pontus] premiered in Venice. Lib. D. Lalli

Nov 1716

3

  • Charles-Hubert Gervais’s opera Hypermnèstre premiered in Paris. Lib. Joseph de La Font

14

  • Carlo Francesco Pollarolo’s opera Ariodante premiered in Venice. Lib. Antonio Salvi. Faustina Bordoni makes her stage debut

19

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Pipa e Barlafuso premiered in Vienna. Lib. F.R. Cantù
  • Antonio Lotti’s opera Costantino premiered in Vienna. Lib. Pietro Pariati

22

  • Johann Aegidius Bach (71) buried in Erfurt

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  • Antonio Vivaldi’s oratorio Juditha triumphans premiered in Venice

Dec 1716

4

  • Reinhard Keiser’s opera Achilles premiered in Hamburg. Lib. J.J. Hoë

9

  • Benedictus Buns (c. 74) dies in Boxmeer, Netherlands

23

  •  Johann Heinrich Rolle born (Quedlingburg, Germany) German composer of oratorios. Died 1785

26

  • Antonio Lotti’s opera Alessandro Severo premiered in Venice. Lib. Apostolo Zeno

1716 (date unknown)

  • Johann Fischer (70) dies in Schwedt, Germany

publications

  • Louis-Nicolas Clérambault’s Cantates françoises livre 3 published in Paris
  • François Couperin’s instruction book L’art de toucher le clavecin published in Paris
  • Francesco Geminiani’s Sonate op.1 (12 sonatas for violin and harpsichord) published in London
  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s Kleine Cammer-Music, bestehend aus VI Partien published in Frankfurt
  • Antonio Vivaldi’s La stravaganza op.4 for violin (2 volumes) & VI Sonate op.5 for violin published in Amsterdam
  • Domenico Zipoli’s Sonate d’Involatura per organo e cimbalo op.1 published in Rome

Apostolo Zeno 1669-1750

Jan 1717

23

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera L’incoronazione di Dario [the coronation of Darius] premiered in Venice. Lib. A. Morselli

Feb 1717

14

  • Esther Young (Jones) born (London) English operatic contralto singer. Sister of Cecilia Young (1712-89) & Isabella Lampe (1715-95). Died 1795

18

  • Johann Fux’s oratorio Il disfacimento di Sisara [the collapse of Sisera] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

19

  • David Garrick born (Hereford) English actor, playwright, librettist, theatre manager, producer. Died 1779

25

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio S Ferma premiered in Vienna (second setting)

Mar 1717

25

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Cristo condannato [Christ condemned] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

Apr 1717

4

  • Attilio Ariosti ‘s opera Tito Manlio premiered in London. Lib. Matteo Noris

5

  • Domenico Zipoli leaves Cadiz for Argentina as a member of a party of Jesuit missionaries

6

  • Jean-Joseph Mouret’s opera Ariane premiered in Paris. Lib. Pierre-Charles Roy and François-Joseph de Lagrange-Chancel

9

  • Georg Matthias Monn born (Vienna) Austrian composer, organist, teacher. Died 1750

29

  • Antonio Maria Bononcini’s opera La conquista del vello d’oro [the capture of the Golden Fleece], lib. Flaminio Parisetti and Pietro Pariati, premiered in Reggio Emilia

Jun 1717

7

  • Johann Stamitz born (Havlíčkův Brod, Czech Rep) Czech composer, violinist, orchestra director. Composed more than 70 symphonies. Father of Carl Stamitz (1745-1801) & Anton Stamitz (1750-c.1790). Died 1757

26

  • Johannes Ringk born (Frankenhain, Germany) German composer, organist, music copyist. Died 1778

Jul 1717

13

  • Domenico Zipoli arrives in Argentina as part of a Jesuit mission

17

  • George Frideric Handel’s Water Music for orchestra premiered on the River Thames in London.

Aug 1717

5

  • JS Bach appointed Kapellmeister by Prince Leopold of Cöthen despite being still in the employ of the Weimar court

13

  • Christoph Nichelmann born (Treuenbrietzen, Germany) German composer, harpsichord player. Died c.1762

28

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Caio Marzio Coriolano [Caius Martius Coriolanus] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

Oct 1717

16

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Tieteberga premiered in Venice. Lib. A.M. Lucchini

24

  • Giuseppe Maria Orlandini’s opera La Merope premiered in Bologna. Lib. Apostolo Zeno

25

  • Antonio Lotti’s opera Giove in Argo [Jupiter in Argos], lib. Antonio Maria Lucchini, premiered in Dresden

Nov 1717

2

  • Reinhard Keiser’s oratorio Der siegende David [the victorious David] premiered in Hamburg. Lib. J.U. von König

4

  • Reinhard Keiser’s opera Trajanus premiered in Hamburg. Lib. J.J. Hoë

6

  • JS Bach imprisoned for a month by Duke Wilhelm of Weimar after an altercation following the Duke’s refusal to release him to take up a post at Cöthen at short notice

9

  • André Campra’s opera Camille, reine des volsques [Camille, Queen of the Volscians] premiered in Paris. Lib. A. Danchet

11

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Il Tiridate premiered in Vienna. Lib. F. Silvani

16

  • Jean le Rond d’Alembert born (Paris) French mathematician, physicist, philosopher, music theorist. Died 1783

19

  • Johann Fux’s opera Diana placata [Diana appeased] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

26

  • Daniel Purcell (c. 53) dies in London

Dec 1717

2

  • JS Bach released from prison by Duke Wilhelm of Weimar and dismissed in disgrace

4

  • Leonardo Leo’s serenata Diana amante [Diana lover] premiered in Naples

11

  • Giuseppe Maria Orlandini’s opera Lucio Papirio premiered in Naples. Lib. Antonio Salvi

26

  • Architect Giovan Domenico Barbieri’s Teatro Regio Ducale opens in Milan

28

  • Reinhard Keiser’s opera Jobates und Bellerophon premiered in Hamburg. Lib. J.J. Hoë

1717 (date unknown)

  • *John Beard born (London) English tenor singer. Died 1791
  • William Williams Pantycelyn born (Llanfair-ar-y-bryn, Carmarthen) Welsh hymnwriter, poet, methodist theologian. Died 1791
  • Friedrich Erhard Niedt (c.43) dies in Copenhagen

publications

  • François Couperin’s Second livre de pieces de clavecin (7 harpsichord suites) published in Paris
  • Charles Dieupart’s 6 Sonatas for recorder published in London
  • Marin Marais’s Pièces [4e livre] for 1 or 3 viols published in Paris
  • Giovanni Battista Somis’s 12 sonatas for violin and figured bass op.1 published in Amsterdam
  • Antonio Vivaldi’s op.7 – Twelve Concertos published (10 for violin, 2 for oboe) in Amsterdam

Giovanni Battista Somis 1686-1763

Jan 1718

22

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Sofonisba premiered in Naples. Lib. F. Silvani

Feb 1718

3

  • Domenico Sarro’s opera Armida al campo [Armida to the field] premiered in Naples. Lib. F. Silvani

8

  • André Cardinal Destouches appointed surintendant de la musique de la chambre at the court of Louis XIV

15

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Armida al campo d’Egitto [Armida at the camp of Egypt] premiered in Venice. Lib. G. Palazzi

25

  • Jacques Aubert’s opera Les Animaux raisonnables [reasonable animals], lib. Louis Fuzelier and Marc-Antoine Legrand, premiered in Paris

Mar 1718

13

  • Friedrich Nicolaus Brauns (81) dies in Hamburg

24

  • Leopold August Abel born (Köthen, Germany) German violinist, composer. Brother of Karl Friedrich Abel (1723-87). Died 1794

Apr 1718

12

  • Johann Fux’s oratorio Cristo nell’orto [Christ in the Garden] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

May 1718

15

  • Domenico Sarro’s opera La fede ne’ tradimenti [betrayal of faith], lib. Girolamo Gigli, premiered in Naples

Jun 1718

21

  • Toussaint Bertin de la Doué’s opera Le Jugement de Paris premiered in Paris. Lib. Simon-Joseph de Pellegrin and Marie-Anne Devaux Barbier

22

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Scanderbeg premiered in Florence. Lib. A. Salvi

Oct 1718

1

  • Nicola Porpora’s opera Temistocle premiered in Vienna. Lib. Apostolo Zeno

9

  • André Campra’s opera-ballet Les âges premiered in Paris. Lib. L. Fuzelier

Nov 1718

4

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s serenata Partenope, Teti, Nettuno, Proteo e Glauco [Partenope, Tethys, Neptune, Proteus and Glaucus] premiered in Naples

5

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Ifigenia in Aulide [Iphigenia in Aulis] premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Zeno

21

  • Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg born (Berlin) German composer, music theorist, critic. Died 1795

26

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera Il trionfo dell’onore [the triumph of honour] premiered in Naples. Lib. F.A. Tullio

Dec 1718

7

  • André Cardinal Destouches’ opera Sémiramis premiered in Paris. Lib. P.-C. Roy

10

  • Domenico Sarro’s opera Arsace premiered in Naples. Lib. Antonio Salvi

26

  • Antonio Maria Bononcini’s opera Griselda premiered in Milan. Lib. Apostolo Zeno

28

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Teuzzone premiered in Mantua. Lib. A. Zeno

1718 (date unknown)

  • Johann Berthold von Höffer (c.51) dies in Ljubljana

publications

  • Jean-François Dandrieu’s Les Caractères de la Guerre published in Paris
  • Christoph Graupner’s Partien auf das Clavier (Partitas for Harpsichord) published in Darmstadt
  • Francesco Manfredini’s Concerti op.3 (12 concertos for 2 violins and accompaniment) published in Bologna
  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s 6 trio & Sei suonatine for violin and bass published in Frankfurt

André Cardinal Destouches (1672-1749)

Jan 1719

1

  • JS Bach’s cantata Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht [Time, which day and year doth make], BWV 134a premiered in Köthen

19

  • Joachim Tielke (77) dies in Hamburg

24

  • Bernhard Christoph Breitkopf  founds in Leipzig the music publishing firm that will be later known as Breitkopf & Härtel, the oldest existent publishing house in the world

Feb 1719

4

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera Il Cambise premiered in Naples. Lib. D. Lalli

18

  • Francesco Durante’s sacred drama La cerva assetata [the thirsty deer] premiered in Naples. Lib. unknown

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  • The Royal Academy of Music set up in London as a joint-stock company and apppoints George Frideric Handel as Master of the Orchestra, a position he holds until the company’s dissolution in 1729

Mar 1719

23

  • George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Der für die Welt der Sunde gemartete und Sterbende Jesus [Jesus dies a martyr for the world of sin], lib. Barthold Heinrich Brockes, aka Brockes Passion premiered in Hamburg

29

  • John Hawkins born (London) English author, biographer, music historian, magistrate, publisher. Wrote A General History of the Science and Practice of Music. Died 1789

Apr 1719

2

  • Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim born (Ermsleben, Germany) German poet. Settings of his poems have been composed by Telemann, Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert among others. Died 1803

7

  • Johann Fux’s oratorio Gesù Cristo negato da Pietro [Jesus Christ denied by Peter] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

19

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera Lo cecato fauzo [the blinded fauzo] premiered in Naples. Lib. A. Piscopo

May 1719

14

  • Domenico Sarro’s opera Alessandro Severo [Alexander Severus], lib. Apostolo Zeno, premiered in Naples

Jul 1719

9

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera Le doje lettere premiered in Naples. Lib. A. Birini

28

  • Arp Schnitger (71) dies in Neuenfelde, Germany

unk

  • Johann Valentin Meder (70) dies in Riga

Aug 1719

10

  • Toussaint Bertin de la Doué’s opera Les Plaisirs de la campagne [pleasures of the countryside], lib. Simon-Joseph de Pellegrin and Marie-Anne Devaux Barbier, premiered in Paris

21

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Sirita premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Zeno

28

  • Johann Fux’s opera Elisa premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

Sep 1719

13

  • Antonio Lotti’s opera Teofane premiered in Dresden. Lib. Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino

15

  • Antonio Lotti’s opera Li quattro elementi [the four elements] premiered in Dresden

Oct 1719

1

  • Francesco Gasparini’s opera L’oracolo del fato [the oracle of fate], lib. Agostino Piovene, premiered in Vienna

13

  • Marco Coltellini born (Livorno) Italian opera librettist, printer. Died 1777

Nov 1719

4

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Lucio Papirio dittatore [Lucio Papirio dictator] premiered in Vienna. Lib. Apostolo Zeno

14

  • Leopold Mozart born (Augsburg, Germany) Austrian composer, conductor, teacher, violinist, theorist. Father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) & Maria Anna Mozart (1751-1829). Died 1787

19

  • Nicola Porpora’s opera Faramondo premiered in Naples. Lib. Apostolo Zeno

23

  • Johann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf born (Leipzig) German music printer, typographer. Son of Bernhard Christoph Breitkopf (1695-1777). Died 1794

29

  • Domenico Scarlatti arrives in Lisbon to work at the Portuguese court

Dec 1719

26

  • Giuseppe Maria Orlandini’s opera Il carciere di se stesso [jailer to himself], lib. A. Salvi, premiered in Turin

1719 (date unknown)

  • André Raison (c. 70) dies in Paris
  • *Johann Speth (55) dies in Augsburg

publications

  • Benedikt Anton Aufschnaiter’s Aquila clangens op. 7, 12 offertories published in Passau
  • Jacques-Martin Hotteterre’s treatise on the flute L’Art de préluder sur la flûte traversière published in Paris
  • Giuseppe Pitoni succeeds Domenico Sacrlatti as the choirmaster for the Cappella Giulia at St Peter’s in Rome.
  • Antonio Vivaldi’s VI concerti a 5 stromenti op.6 for violin published in Amsterdam

One response to “1715-19

  1. I know that Italian is a difficult language, and Neapolitan even more difficult (old Neapolitan is a nightmare even for Neapolitans like myself) so I will try to give some help.
    1. May 1718, “La fede ne’ tradimenti” means “trust within betrayal”
    2. April 19, 1719, “Lo cecato fauzo” means “The fake blind” (fauzo is falso in modern Italian)
    3. July 9, 1719, “Le doje lettere” means “the two letters” (doje -> due -> two)

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