1720-24

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* = approximate date

Jan 1720

1

  • Johann Christoph Altnickol baptised (Berna bei Seidenberg, Germany) German composer, organist, singer. Music copyist for JS Bach, husband of his daughter Elisabeth Juliana Friderica Bach (1726-81). Died 1759

4

  • Johann Friedrich Agricola born (Dobitschen, Germany) German composer, organist, music theorist, teacher. Died 1774

20

  • Domenico Sarro’s opera Ginevra Principessa di Scozia [Geneva, Princess of Scotland], lib. Antonio Salvi, premiered in Naples

Feb 1720

5

  • Jean-Baptiste Stuck’s opera Polidore premiered in Paris. Lib. Jean-Louis-Ignace de la Serre

23

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Assalonne premiered in Vienna. Lib. G.A. Bergamori

Mar 1720

17

  • Giacomo Antonio Perti’s oratorio S Petronio premiered in Bologna. Lib. G.B. Rampognani

26

  • Johann Fux’s oratorio La cena del Signore [the Lord’s Supper] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

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  • Pietro Giovanni Guarneri (65) dies in Cremona

Apr 1720

2

  • Giovanni Porta’s opera Numitore premiered in London at the opening of the Royal Academy of Music. Lib. Paolo Antonio Rolli

19

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Caio Gracco premiered in Naples. Lib. S. Stampiglia

27

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Radamisto premiered in London. Lib. D. Lalli

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  • Bernhard Joachim Hagen (Hamburg) German composer, lutenist, violinist. One of the last composers for the lute. Died 1787

May 1720

29

  • Giovanni Maria Capelli, Francesco Gasparini and Antonio Maria Bononcini’s opera Nino premiered in Reggio. Lib. Ippolito Zanelli

Jun 1720

14

  • Antonio Maria Bononcini’s opera Il triofo dell’aquila, e del giglio [the triumph of the eagle, and the lily], lib. Ippolito Zanelli, premiered in Modena

Jul 1720

1

  • Johann Samuel Bach (26) dies in Gundersleben , Germany

7

  • JS Bach’s wife Maria dies suddenly in Köthen

Aug 1720

11

  • Martin Gerbert born (Horb am Neckar, Germany) German theologian, musicologist, historian. Compiled ecclesistical music collections De cantu et musica sacra (1774) and Scriptores ecclesiastici de musica sacra (1784). Died 1793

12

  • Johann Valentin Bach (51) dies in Schweinfurt

20

  • Bernard de Bury born (Versailles) French composer, court musician, keyboard player. Died 1785

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  • Jean-Baptiste Matho appointed Master of the King’s Music at the court of Louis XIV

Sep 1720

4

  • Nicolo Porpora’s serenata Angelica premiered in Naples. Lib. P. Metastasio

Oct 1720

17

  • Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini (Milan) Italian composer, harpsichordist, singer. Sister of mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718-99). Died 1795

26

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera Lo castiello saccheato [the castle bag] premiered in Naples. Lib. F. Oliva

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  • Giovanni Battista Bononcini arrives in London to join the Royal Academy of Music. He stays until 1732

Nov 1720

4

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Apollo in cielo premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

16

  • Carlo Antonio Campioni born (Lunéville, France) Franco-Italian composer, music collector. Maestro di cappella to the Grand Duke of Florence from 1763. Died 1788

19

  • Giovanni Bononcini’s opera Astarto premiered in London. Lib. P.A. Rolli (revised version)
  • Antonio Caldara and Johann Fux’s opera Psiche premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Zeno

Dec 1720

29

  • Johann Kuhnau’s cantata In dulci jubilo [in sweet jubilation] premiered in Leipzig

1720 (date unknown)

  • *William Savage born (London) English composer, organist, countertenor and bass singer. Died 1789
  • *Johann Schobert born (Nuremberg) German composer, harpsichordist (1735 or 1740 also suggested by some sources). Died 1767
  • *Antonia Bembo (c. 80) dies in Paris
  • JS Bach’s Orchestral suites BWV 1066-69 written

publications

  • André Campra’s Motets livre cinquième (10 motets) published in Paris
  • Louis-Nicolas Clérambault’s Cantates françoises livre 4 published in Paris
  • Jean-François Dandrieu’s Livres de Sonates à violon seul II published in Paris
  • François Francoeur’s Premier Livre de sonates à violon seul et basse continue published in Paris
  • Benedetto Marcello’s satire on contemporary opera Il teatro alla moda published anonymously in Venice
  • Johann Mattheson’s Der brauchbare Virtuoso, welcher mit zwölff neuen Kammer-Sonaten for flute, violin & harpsichord published in Hamburg
  • Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerti a 5 stromenti op.7 for violin published in Amsterdam in 2 volumes

Title page of Benedetto Marcello’s satire Il teatro alla moda

Jan 1721

1

  • Giuseppe Maria Orlandini’s opera Arsace premiered in London. Lib. Antonio Salvi

25

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera Lo Barone di Trocchia [the Baron of Trocchia], lib. V.Bottone, premiered in Naples

28

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Der Geduldige Socrates [the Patient Socrates] premiered in Hamburg. Lib. J.U. König

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  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera Griselda premiered in Rome. Lib. Apostolo Zeno

Feb 1721

22

  • Johann Christoph Bach (49) dies in Ohrdruf, Germany

Mar 1721

24

  • JS Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (BWV 1046-1051) completed
J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concertos (Harmonia Mundi)

J.S. Bach – Brandenburg Concertos (Harmonia Mundi)

Apr 1721

1

  • Pieter Hellendaal born (Rotterdam) Dutch composer, organist, violinist, teacher. Died 1799

7

  • Mathias van den Gheyn born (Tienen, Belgium) Flemish composer, keyboard player. Died 1785

11

  • Giacomo Antonio Perti’s oratorio La passione del Redentore [the passion of the Redeemer] premiered in Bologna

15

  • Filippo Amadei, Giovanni Bononcini & George Frederick Handel’s opera Muzio Scevola premiered in London. Lib. P.A. Rolli

16

  • Giuseppe Tartini appointed first violin in the capo di concerto at S Antonio basilica, Padua

24

  • Johann Philipp Kirnberger born (Saalfeld, Germany) German composer, violinist, music theorist. Died 1783

May 1721

14

  • Antonio Maria Bononcini’s opera Endimione premiered in Naples. Lib. Francesco de Lemene

20

  • Giovanni Battista Bononcini’s opera L’odio e l’amore [hatred and love] premiered in London. Lib. P.A. Rolli

Jul 1721

5

  • George Frideric Handel’s cantata Crudel tiranno Amor [cruel tyrant love] premiered in London

10

  • Georg Philipp Telemann appointed Generalmusikdirektor of Hamburg (director of music for the city’s five main churches)

Aug 1721

11

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera Antioco premiered in Braunschweig. Lib. B. Feind after A. Zeno and P. Pariati

28

  • Nicolo Porpora’s serenata Gli orti esperidi [the Hesperides gardens] premiered in Naples. Lib. P. Metastasio
  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera La Silvia premiered in Milan. Lib. E. Bissarri

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  • Francesco Maria Veracini’s 12 Sonatas for violin solo and basso op.1 published

Sep 1721

1

  • Jacques Aubert’s opera Le Regiment de la calotte [the Regiment of the cap], lib. Louis Fuzelier, premiered in Paris

3

  • Jan Antonín Losy (c. 78) dies in Prague

6

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera Don Ciccio premiered in Naples. Lib. B. Saddumene

8

  • Jacques Aubert’s opera Diane premiered in Chantilly. Lib. Antoine Danchet

17

  • Georg Philipp Telemann succeeds Joachim Gerstenbüttel as Kantor of the Johanneum Lateinschule, Hamburg

Oct 1721

1

  • Antonio Maria Bononcini’s opera Rosiclea in Dania premiered in Naples. Lib. Francesco Silvani

6

  • Georg Philipp Telemann and Reinhard Keiser’s opera Sancio premiered in Hamburg. Lib. Johann Ulrich von König after Cervantes

24

  • Quirino Gasparini born (Bergamo) Italian composer. Maestro de cappello of Turin cathedral. Died 1778

Nov 1721

4

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

15

  • Georg Philipp Telemann begins a series of winter public concerts in Hamburg

16

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s serenata La virtù negli amori [the virtue in love] premiered in Rome

26

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Arianna e Teseo premiered in Naples. Lib. P. Pariati

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  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s St Cecilia Mass premiered in Rome (there is doubt whether the piece was ever performed as a whole from start to finish)

Dec 1721

3

  • JS Bach marries soprano Anna Magdalena Wilcke in Köthen

9

  • Peter Pelham born (London) English organist, harpsichordist, teacher, composer. Moved to the United States aged 9. Son of engraver Peter Pelham (1695-1751). Died 1805
  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Floridante premiered in London. Lib. G. Rossi

18

  • Reinhard Keiser’s opera Cloris und Tirsis premiered in Copenhagen. Lib. various

31

  • André Cardinal Destouches’s opera-ballet Les élémens [the elements] premiered in Paris. Lib. P.-C. Roy

publications

  • Giuseppe Matteo Alberti’s Sonate a violino e basso, Op. 2 published in Bologna
  • Giovanni Bononcini’s Cantate e duetti (14 cantatas) published in London
  • Lodovico Fillipo Laurenti’s 12 Sonate da camera per violoncello e basso published in Bologna
  • Pietro Antonio Locatelli’s XII concerti grossi a 4 e a 5 op.1 for 2 violins, 1 or 2 violas and bass published in Amsterdam

Leonardo Leo 1694-1744

Jan 1722

3

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera Li zite ‘ngalera [appointments in England] premiered in Naples. Lib. B. Saddumene

7

  • Giuseppe Maria Orlandini’s opera Nino premiered in Rome.Lib. Ippolito Zanelli

9

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s oratorio L’adorazione delli tre re magi al bambino Gesù nella capanna di Betlemme [the three kings worship the infant Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem] premiered in Milan

10

  • Giovanni Bononcini’s opera Crispo premiered in London. Lib. P.A. Rolli (revised version)

18

  • Antonio Rodríguez de Hita born (Madrid) Spanish composer, priest, choirmaster. Died 1787

30

  • Johann Ernst Bach baptised (Eisenach, Germany) German lawyer, composer, organist. Son of Johann Bernhard Bach (1676-1749), father of Johann Georg Bach (1751-1797). Died 1777

Feb 1722

22

  • Giovanni Bononcini’s opera Griselda premiered in London. Lib. P.A. Rolli

Mar 1722

12

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Giuseppe premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Zeno

31

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Il rè del dolore [the king of pain] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

Apr 1722

12

  • Pietro Nardini born (Livorno, Italy) Italian composer, violinist, music director, teacher. Died 1793

16

  • Johann Jacob Bach (40) dies in Stockholm
  • Reinhard Keiser’s opera Die unvergleichliche Psyche [the incomparable Psyche] premiered in Copenhagen. Lib. F.M. Lersner

May 1722

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  • Jean-Philippe Rameau leaves Clermont Cathedral for Paris

Jun 1722

5

  • Johann Kuhnau (62) dies in Leipzig

30

  • Jiří Antonín aka Georg Benda born (Staré Benátky, Czech Rep) Czech composer, violinist, music director. Wrote around 10 operas. Brother of Franz Benda (1709-86). Died 1795

Jul 1722

11

  • Johann Joseph Vilsmayr (c. 59) dies in Salzburg

13

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Sieg der Schönheit [victory of beauty] premiered in Hamburg. Lib. C.H. Postel

22

  • Leonardo Leo’s oratorio Dalla morte alla vita di S Maria Maddalena [from death to life of St Mary Magdalene], lib. Leo,  premiered in Atrani, Italy

Aug 1722

28

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Baiazete, imperator dei Turchi [Baiazete, Emperor of the Turks] premiered in Naples. Lib. B. Saddumene

29

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera La festa di Bacco [the feast of Bacchus] premiered in Naples. Lib. F.A. Tullio

30

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

Oct 1722

2

  • Leopold Widhalm born (Vienna) Austrian luthier. Died 1776

6

  • Antonio Caldara’s cantata Il trionfo d’amore e d’Imeneo [the triumph of love and Hymenaeus] premiered in Vienna. Lib. F. Fozio
  • Johann Fux’s opera Le nozze di Aurora [the wedding of Aurora] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati
  • Leonardo Vinci’s oratorio Le glorie del SS Rosario [the glories of the Holy Rosary] premiered in Naples

Nov 1722

4

  • Jacques Aubert’s opera Fête Royale premiered in Chantilly
  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Scipione nelle Spagne [Scipio in Spain] premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Zeno
  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera Publio Cornelio Scipione [Publius Cornelius Scipio] premiered in Naples. Lib. B. Saddumene

5

  • Jacques Aubert’s opera Le Ballet de 24 heures premiered in Chantilly. Lib. Marc-Antoine Legrand

14

  • Carlo Francesco Pollarolo’s opera L’Arminio premiered in Venice. Lib. Antonio Salvi

24

  • Johann Adam Reincken (79) dies in Hamburg

25

  • Reinhard Keiser’s opera Ariadne premiered in Hamburg. Lib. C.H. Postel

publications

  • Tomaso Albinoni’s Balletti e sonate a tre op.8 (12 pieces for trio) & Concerti a cinque op.9 (12 concertos for quintet) published in Amsterdam
  • JS Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier book 1 completed (not published until 1801)
  • Johann Adam Birkenstock’s 12 sonatas for violin and figured bass op.1 published in Amsterdam
  • Giovanni Bononcini’s Divertimenti da camera (8 pieces for violin or flute and accompaniment) published in London
  • François Couperin’s Troisiéme livre de pieces de clavecin (7 harpsichord suites) published in Paris
  • Christoph Graupner’s Monatliche Clavir Früchte (Monthly Fruits for Harpsichord) published in Darmstadt
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau’s treatise Traité de l’harmonie published in Paris
  • Jan Zelenka’s Trio Sonatas (6) for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo, ZWV 181 published in Vienna

Christoph Graupner 1683-1760

Jan 1723

12

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Ottone, re di Germania [Ottone king of Germany], lib. N.F. Haym, premiered in London marking the London debut of Francesca Cuzzoni as Teofane

16

  • John Gordon succeeds Edward Shippen as Gresham Professor of Music in London, a post he holds until 1739

26

  • Jean-Joseph Mouret’s opera Pirithous premiered in Paris. Lib. Jean-Louis-Ignace de La Serre

27

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Ercole su’l Termodonte [Hercules in Thermodon], lib. Antonio Salvi, premiered in Rome

Feb 1723

7

  • Carlo Francesco Pollarolo (c. 70) dies in Venice
  • JS Bach’s cantatas Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe [Jesus took the twelve under Him], BWV 22 and Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sons [You true God and son of David], BWV 23 premiered in Leipzig

19

  • Attilio Ariosti ‘s opera Coriolano premiered in London. Lib. Nicola Francesco Haym

25

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Ester premiered in Vienna. Lib. F. Fozio
  • George Frideric Handel appointed composer to the Chapel Royal

Mar 1723

26

  • Giacomo Antonio Perti’s oratorio L’amor divino [the divine love] premiered in Bologna. Lib. C.I. Frugoni

30

  • Giovanni Bononcini’s opera Erminia premiered in London. Lib. D.O. Petrosellini (revised version)

Apr 1723

6

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s oratorio Admiralitätsmusik [Admiralty music] premiered in Hamburg

13

  • JS Bach given permission to leave Köthen to take up a post as Kantor of the Thomasschule, Leipzig

14

  • John Wainwright baptised (Stockport) English hymnwriter, organist, singer. Died 1768
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767)

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767)

May 1723

14

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Flavio, re di Longobardi [Flavio, King of the Lombards] premiered in London. Lib. N.F. Haym

31

  • JS Bach officially takes up his duties at the Thomasschule, Leipzig

Jun 1723

13

  • Alessandro Scarlatti’s serenata Erminia for the wedding of the Prince of Stigliano premiered in Naples

18

  • Giuseppe Scarlatti born (Naples) Italian opera composer. Wrote around 30 operas. Died 1777

20

  • JS Bach’s cantatas Ein ungefärbt Gemüte [An unstained spirit], BWV 24 and Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig [Ah! how fleeting, ah! how futile], BWV 26 premiered in Leipzig

25

  • Nicolas Couperin marries Marie-Françoise Dufort de La Coste in Paris

30

  • Christian Ernst Graaf born (Rudolstadt, Germany) German composer, violinist, choirmaster. Died 1804

Jul 1723

2

  • JS Bach’s cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben [Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life], BWV 147 premiered in Leipzig
  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Alarich premiered in Bayreuth. Lib. Stilico

11

  • Jean-François Marmontel born (Bort-les-Orgues, France) French historian, playwright, librettist, writer. Died 1799
  • JS Bach’s cantata Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht [Do not be confounded, o soul], BWV 186 premiered in Leipzig

18

  • JS Bach’s cantata Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz [Examine me, God, and discover my heart], BWV 136 premiered in Leipzig

19

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Belsazar premiered in Hamburg. Lib. J. Beccau

25

  • JS Bach’s cantata Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht [Lord, do not pass judgment on Your servant] BWV 105 premiered in Leipzig

Aug 1723

1

  • JS Bach’s cantata Schauet doch und sehet, ob irgend ein Schmerz sei [Behold and see, if there be any sorrow], BWV 46 premiered in Leipzig

8

  • JS Bach’s cantata Siehe zu, daß deine Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei [See to it, that your fear of God be not hypocrisy], BWV 179 premiered in Leipzig

15

  • JS Bach’s cantata Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele [Praise the Lord, my soul], BWV 69a premiered in Leipzig

21

  • Dimitrie Cantemir (49) dies near Oryol, Russia

22

  • JS Bach’s cantata Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben [Thou shalt love the Lord thy God], BWV 77 premiered in Leipzig

28

  • Johann Fux’s opera Costanza e Fortezza premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

29

  • JS Bach’s cantata Es ist nichts Gesundes an meinem Leibe, BWV 25 [There is no soundness in my flesh] premiered in Leipzig

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  • George Frideric Handel moves into 25 Brook St, London

Sep 1723

22

  • Tobias Friedrich Bach II born (Udestedt, Germany) German Kantor. Son of Tobias Friedrich Bach (1695-1768). Died 1805

23

  • William Babell (c. 33) dies in London, his death attributed to ‘intemperate habits’

Oct 1723

1

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera La contesa de’ numi [the contention of the gods] premiered in Prague. Lib. G. Prescimono
  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera Silla dittatore [Sulla dictator] premiered in Naples. Lib. V. Cassani

Nov 1723

11

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera La ’mpeca scoperta [the imbroglio unravelled] premiered in Naples. Lib. F. Oliva

19

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera La concordia de’ pianetti [the harmony of the planets] premiered in Znojmo. Lib. P. Pariati

27

  • Giovanni Battista Bononcini’s opera Farnace premiered in London. Lib. L. Morani

Dec 1723

12

  • Nicola Porpora’s opera Amare per regnare [to love to reign], lib. Francesco Silvani, premiered in Naples

22

  • Carl Friedrich Abel born (Cöthen, Germany) German composer, viola da gamba player, concert director. Promoted the Bach-Abel concerts in London with JC Bach. Son of Christian Ferdinand Abel (1682-1761). Died 1787

26

  • JS Bach’s cantata Dazu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes [For this purpose is the son of God manifested], BWV 40 premiered in Leipzig

1723 (date unknown)

  • Francesco Uttini born (Bologna) Italian composer, conductor. Composer of the first Swedish grand opera. Died 1795
  • JS Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, BWV 1007-1012; 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772-786 & 15 Three-part Inventions (Sinfonias), BWV 787-801 completed

publications

  • Louis-Antoine Dornel’s collection of chamber music Concerts de simphonies published in Paris
  • Jean-Marie Leclair’s Premier livre de sonates op.1 (12 violin sonatas) published in Paris
  • Marin Marais’s La gamme et autres morceaux de symphonie for violin, viol and harpsichord published in Paris, including Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris
  • Josef Antonin Planicky’s Opella ecclesiastica published in Augsburg
  • Giovanni Battista Somis’s 12 sonatas for violin and figured bass op.2 published in Turin
  • Pier Francesco Tosi’s treatise Opinioni de’ cantori antichi [observations on the florid song] published in Bologna
  • Jan Zelenka’s Concerto à 8 ConcertantiHipocondrie à 7 ConcertantiOverture à 7 Concertanti & Simphonie à 8 Concertanti (ZWV 186-189) published in Prague

Jan Zelenka 1679-1745

Jan 1724

2

  • Francesco Gasparini’s opera La Tigrena premiered in Rome. Lib. Andrea de Mello de Castro

8

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera Farnace premiered in Rome. Lib. A.M. Lucchini (first version)

14

  • Attilio Ariosti ‘s opera Vespasiano premiered in London. lib. Nicola Francesco Haym

23

  • JS Bach’s cantata Herr, wie du willt, so schick’s mit mir [Lord, as you wish, so it be done with me], BWV 73 premiered in Leipzig

30

  • JS Bach’s cantata Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen? [Jesus sleeps, what shall I hope for?], BWV 81 premiered in Leipzig

Feb 1724

1

  • Domenico Sarro’s opera Didone abbandonata [abandoned Dido] premiered in Naples, the first setting of a libretto by Pietro Metastasio

20

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto [Julius Caesar in Egypt] premiered in London. Lib. N.F. Haym

21

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Der Schluß des Carnevals [the conclusion of the carnival], lib. Schwemschuh, premiered in Hamburg

23

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Morte e sepoltura di Cristo [death and burial of Christ] premiered in Vienna. Lib. F. Fozio

Apr 1724

7

  • JS Bach’s St. John Passion premiered in Leipzig

10

  • JS Bach’s cantata Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen [Rejoice yourselves, you hearts], BWV 66 premiered in Leipzig

16

  • JS Bach’s cantata Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ [Hold in remembrance Jesus Christ], BWV 67 premiered in Leipzig

18

  • Giovanni Battista Bononcini’s opera Calpurnia premiered in London. Lib. N. Haym
  • Leonardo Leo’s opera L’ammore fedele premiered in Naples. Lib. F. Oliva

24

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Omphale premiered in Hamburg. Lib. composer

25

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera L’amore fedele [faithful love], lib. Francesco Oliva,  premiered in Naples

May 1724

14

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera La mogliere fedele [the faithful wife] premiered in Naples. Lib. B. Saddumene

16

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

18

  • JS Bach’s cantata Wer da gläubet und getauft wird [He who believes and is baptised], BWV 37 premiered in Leipzig

19

  • Nicolo Porpora’s opera Semiramide regina dell’Assiria [Queen Semiramis of Assyria] premiered in Naples. Lib. I. Zanelli

21

  • Antonio Salvi (60) dies in Florence
  • JS Bach’s cantata Sie werden euch in den Bann tun [In banishment they will cast you], BWV 44 premiered in Leipzig

Jun 1724

8

  • Reinhard Keiser’s opera Das frohlockende Gross Britannien [the jubilant Great Britain], lib. ?, premiered in Hamburg

11

  • JS Bach’s cantata O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort [O eternity, thou, word of thunder], BWV 20 premiered in Leipzig

18

  • JS Bach’s cantata Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein, BWV 2 [Oh God, look down from heaven] premiered in Leipzig

24

  • Johann Theile (77) dies in Naumburg, Germany
  • JS Bach’s cantata Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam [Christ our Lord came to the Jordan], BWV 7 premiered in Leipzig

Jul 1724

2

  • JS Bach’s cantata Meine Seel erhebt den Herren [My soul magnifies the Lord], BWV 10 premiered in Leipzig

9

  • JS Bach’s cantata Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten [If you but permit God to prevail], BWV 93 premiered in Leipzig

Aug 1724

6

  • JS Bach’s cantata Was frag ich nach der Welt [What need I of this world], BWV 94 premiered in Leipzig

24

  • Andreas Kneller (75) dies in Hamburg

26

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Lo pazzo apposta [the purposeful fool], lib. Francesco Oliva, premiered in Naples

28

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

29

  • Giovanni Battista Casti born (Acquapendente, Italy) Italian poet, librettist, satirist. Died 1803

Sep 1724

3

  • JS Bach’s cantata Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ [Towards you alone, Lord Jesus Christ], BWV 33 premiered in Leipzig

24

  • JS Bach’s cantata Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben? [Dearest God, when will I die?], BWV 8 premiered in Leipzig

Oct 1724

1

  • Giovanni Battista Cirri born (Forli, Italy) Italian cellist, composer, choirmaster. Worked in London between 1764 and 1780. Died 1808
  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera Eracleae premiered in Naples. Lib. S. Stampiglia

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  • Nicolo Porpora’s opera Damiro e Pitia premiered in Munich. Lib. D. Lalli

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  • JS Bach’s cantata Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 5 [Where shall I flee] premiered in Leipzig

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  • JS Bach’s cantata Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu Dir [Out of deep distress I cry to you], BWV 38 premiered in Leipzig

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  • Reinhard Keiser’s serenata Das jauchzende Cimbrien [the jubilant Cimbrien] premiered in Hamburg

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  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Tamerlano premiered in London. Lib. N.F. Haym

Nov 1724

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  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Gianguir, imperatore del Mogol [Gianguir, the Mogul Emperor] premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Zeno

Dec 1724

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  • Attilio Ariosti ‘s opera Artaserse premiered in London. Lib. Apostolo Zeno and Pietro Pariati

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  • JS Bach’s cantata Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland [come now saviour of the Gentiles] BWV 62 premiered in Leipzig

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  • Claude Balbastre born (Dijon) French composer, organist, harpsichordist. Died 1799

publications

  • Joseph Bodin de Boismortier’s Les Quatres Saisons (Cantates françaises) published in Paris
  • François Couperin’s Apothéoses  (4 trio suites) & Nouveaux Concerts  (10 suites) published in Paris
  • William Croft’s Musica Sacra published in London
  • Jean-François Dandrieu’s Livre de pièces de clavecin published in Paris
  • First volume of Benedetto Marcello’s six volume psalm collection Estro poetico-armonico published in Venice. The final volume appears in 1727
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pieces de clavessin avec une methode pour la mechanique des doigts published in Paris

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