1725-29

<1720-1724 1730-1734>

* = approximate date

Jan 1725

1

  • JS Bach’s cantata Jesu, nun sei gepreiset [Jesus, be now praised], BWV 41 premiered in Leipzig

5

  • Orpheus Caledonius, a collection of the best Scotch songs set to Musick by William Thomson published in London

7

  • The Academy of Vocal Music begins to meet fortnightly in the Strand, London. Founders included Johann Pepusch and John Galleard. Renamed Academy of Ancient Music in 1726. Disbanded 1792

14

  • JS Bach’s cantata Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 3 [Oh God, how much heartache] premiered in Leipzig

27

  • Silvio Stampiglia (60) dies in Naples
  • Reinhard Keiser’s opera Bretislaus premiered in Hamburg. Lib. Johann Philipp Praetorius
Orpheus Caledonius by W Thomson - second edition (1733)

Orpheus Caledonius by William Thomson – second edition (1733)

Feb 1725

6

  • Johann Philipp Krieger (75) dies in Weissenfels, Germany

13

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Rodelinda, regina de’ Longobardi [Rodelinda, queen of Lombardy] premiered in London. Lib. N.F. Haym

Mar 1725

18

  • The annual concert series founded by Anne Danican Philidor , Les Concerts Spirituel, begins in Paris

23

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Le profezie evangeliche di Isaia [the evangelical prophecies of Isaiah] premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Zeno

25

  • JS Bach’s cantata Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1 [How beautifully shines the morning star] premiered in Leipzig

30

  • Filippo Bonanni (87) dies in Rome

Apr 1725

1

  • JS Bach’s Easter Oratorio, BWV 249 premiered in Leipzig

2

  • JS Bach’s cantata Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden [Stay with us, for evening falls], BWV 6 premiered in Leipzig

8

  • JS Bach’s cantata Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats [On the evening of that very same Sabbath], BWV 42 premiered in Leipzig

10

  • Attilio Ariosti ‘s opera Dario premiered in London. Lib. Nicola Francesco Haym
  • Jacques Aubert’s opera La Reine des Péris [Queen of the Peris] premiered in Paris. Lib. Louis Fuzelier

24

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Il trionfo della religione e dell’amore [the triumph of religion and love] premiered in Vienna. Lib. “GDB”

May 1725

12

  • Johann Otto Uhde born (Chernyakhovsk, Russia) German lawyer, violinist, composer. Died 1766

13

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Zenobia in Palmira premiered in Naples. Lib. A. Zeno and P. Pariati

Jun 1725

20

  • Reinhard Keiser’s opera Der Hamburger Jahr-Marckt [the Hamburg Fair] premiered in Hamburg. Lib. J.P. Praetorius

Jul 1725

11

  • Salomon Franck (66) dies in Weimar

24

  • John Newton born (London) English clergyman, hymnwriter, slave-ship captain. Wrote the hymn Amazing Grace

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  • Jean Girard emigrates from France to Canada

Aug 1725

15

  • Gioseffo Ferdinando Bertoni born (Salò, Italy) Italian composer, organist. Died 1813

26

  • JS Bach’s cantata Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet [You, who call yourselves of Christ], BWV 164 premiered in Leipzig

28

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

Sep 1725

12

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s serenata Dall’eccelsa mia reggia [from my lofty palace], lib. unknown, premiered in Venice

23

  • Thomas Clayton (51) buried in London

27

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Pimpinone premiered in Hamburg. Lib. Johann Philipp Prætorius

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  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera Antonio e Cleopatra premiered in Naples. Lib. Pietro Metastasio

Oct 1725

1

  • Giovanni Battista Bassani (c.75) dies in Bergamo

2

  • Jeremiah Dencke born (Bielawa, Poland) Moravian-American composer. Emigrated to America in 1761. Died 1795

4

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Astarto premiered in Salzburg. Lib. A. Zeno and P. Pariati

6

  • Leonardo Vinci’s oratorio Maria dolorata premiered in Naples

22

  • Reinhard Keiser’s opera Die Hamburger Schlachtzeit [Hamburg slaughter time] premiered in Hamburg. Lib. J.P. Praetorius. Banned after one performance

24

  • Alessandro Scarlatti (65) dies in Naples

Nov 1725

4

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Il Venceslao [Wenceslas] premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Zeno

8

  • Johann George Tromlitz born (Reinsdorf, Germany) German flautist, flute designer, writer. Died 1805

19

  • Johann Fux’s opera Giunone placata [Juno appeased] premiered in Vienna. Lib. I. Zanelli

Dec 1725

2

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera Astianatte premiered in Naples. Lib. A. Salvi

25

  • Esteban Salas y Castro born (Havana) Cuban composer. Maestro de capilla at Santiago de Cuba cathedral from 1764. Died 1803

26

  • Nicolo Porpora’s opera Siface premiered in Venice. Lib. P. Metastasio

30

  • JS Bach’s cantata Gottlob! nun geht das Jahr zu Ende [Praise God! The year now draws to a close], BWV 28 premiered in Leipzig

1725 (date unknown)

  • *Antonio Lolli born (Bergamo) Italian composer, violinist. Died 1802
  • *Domenico Fischietti born (Naples) Italian composer. Died 1810
  • *Giovanni Battista Brevi (c. 75) dies in Milan
  • *Robert de Visée (c.75) dies (or as late as 1732)
  • JS Bach’s French Suites, BWV 812-817 completed

publications

  • Johann Fux’s treatise on counterpoint, Gradus ad Parnassum, published
  • Marin Marais’s Pièces de viole [5e livre] published in Paris
  • Giovanni Battista Somis’s 12 sonatas for violin and figured bass op.3 published in Turin
  • Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel’s oratorio Brockes Passion published in Gotha
  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s collection of church cantatas Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst published in Hamburg
  • Antonio Vivaldi’s Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione op.8  (12 violin concertos including The Four Seasons) published in Amsterdam in 2 volumes

Antonio Vivaldi – Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione op.8 (Tactus)

Jan 1726

1

  • JS Bach’s cantata Herr Gott, dich loben wir [Lord God, we praise You], BWV 16 premiered in Leipzig

2

  • Domenico Zipoli (37) dies in Cordoba, Argentina,  of tuberculosis whilst on missionary work

8

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Il trionfo di Camilla, regina de’ Volsci [the Triumph of Camilla, queen of the Volsci] premiered in Rome. Lib. Silvio Stampiglia

11

  • Giovanni Battista Sammartini’s oratorio Gesù bambino adorato dalli pastori [baby Jesus worshiped by shepherds] premiered in Milan. Lib. Francesco Fiorino

13

  • JS Bach’s cantata Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen [Beloved Jesus, my desire], BWV 32 premiered in Leipzig

14

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera Didone abbandonata [Dido abandoned] premiered in Rome. Lib. P. Metastasio

19

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Orismene premiered in Naples. Lib. Carlo De Palma

27

  • JS Bach’s cantata Alles nur nach Gottes Willen [Everything following God’s will alone], BWV 72 premiered in Leipzig

29

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Cunegonda premiered in Venice. Lib. A. Piovene

31

  • William Broderip (42) dies in Wells, Somerset
  • Reinhard Keiser’s opera Prologus beim Geburths Feste Friderici Ludovici von Hannover [prologue at the birthday celebration Friderici Ludovici of Hanover], lib. Johann Philipp Praetorius, premiered in Hamburg

Feb 1726

16

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera La fede tradita e vendicata [faith betrayed and avenged] premiered in Venice. Lib. F. Silvani

Mar 1726

9

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

12

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Scipione premiered in London. Lib. P.A. Rolli

14

  • Josef Antonín Štěpán born (Kopidlno, Czech Rep) Czech composer, harpsichordist. Died 1797

26

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Gioseffo, che interpreta i sogni [Joseph, who interprets dreams] premiered in Vienna. Lib. G.B. Neri
  • André Cardinal Destouches’ ballet Les Stratagèmes de l’Amour [the stratagems of love] premiered in Paris. Lib. P.-C. Roy

Apr 1726

4

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

7

  • Charles Burney born (Shrewsbury) English music historian, organist, teacher. Died 1814

16

  • Johann Fux’s oratorio Il testamento di nostro Signor Gesù Cristo sul Calvario [the Testament of our Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

May 1726

5

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Alessandro premiered in London. Lib. P.A. Rolli. The performance marks the London debut of Faustina Bordoni as Rossane

13

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera Il Sesostrate premiered in Naples. Lib. A. Carasale

30

  • JS Bach’s cantata Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen [God has gone up with a shout], BWV 43 premiered in Leipzig
Johann Adolph Hasse (1699–1783)

Johann Adolph Hasse (1699–1783)

Jun 1726

18

  • Michel Richard Delalande (68) dies in Versailles

23

  • JS Bach’s cantata Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot [Break your bread for the hungry], BWV 39 premiered in Leipzig

Jul 1726

8

  • Antonio Maria Bononcini (49) dies in Modena

28

  • JS Bach’s cantata Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust [Delightful rest, beloved pleasure of the soul], BWV 170 premiered in Leipzig

31

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s serenata Queste, Eurilla gentil [this fair Eurilla] premiered in Venice. Lib. V. Vettori

Aug 1726

25

  • JS Bach’s cantata Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben [Lord, Your eyes look for faith!], BWV 102 premiered in Leipzig

26

  • Karl Kohaut born (Vienna) Austrian lutenist, composer. Died 1784

28

  • Johann Fux’s opera La corona d’Arianna [the crown of Ariadne] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Pariati

Sep 1726

7

  • François-André Danican Philidor born (Dreux, France) French chess player, composer, teacher, writer. Died 1795

8

  • JS Bach’s cantata Geist und Seele wird verwirret [Spirit and soul become confused], BWV 35 premiered in Leipzig

20

  • Nicolo Porpora’s serenata Imeneo in Atene [Hymen in Athens] premiered in Venice. Lib. S. Stampiglia

22

  • JS Bach’s cantata Wer Dank opfert, der preiset mich [He who gives thanks praises me], BWV 17 premiered in Leipzig

29

  • JS Bach’s cantata Es erhub sich ein Streit [There arose a war], BWV 19 premiered in Leipzig

Oct 1726

6

  • JS Bach’s cantata Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende? [Who knows how near is my end?], BWV 27 premiered in Leipzig

15

  • François Francoeur & François Rebel’s opera Pyrame et Thisbé premiered in Paris

16

  • Giovanni Maria Capelli (77) dies in Parma

27

  • JS Bach’s cantata Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen [Gladly shall I bear the cross], BWV 56 premiered in Leipzig

Nov 1726

3

  • JS Bach’s cantata Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen [I go and seek with longing], BWV 49 premiered in Leipzig

4

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera L’Ernelinda premiered in Naples. Lib. F. Silvani

9

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

23

  • Thomas Tudway (c. 75) dies in Cambridge

Dec 1726

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  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera L’Astarto premiered in Naples. Lib. Apostolo Zeno

publications

  • Louis-Nicolas Clérambault’s Cantates françoises livre 5 published in Paris
  • François Couperin’s Les Nations published in Paris (4 pairs of sonatas and suites)
  • John and William Neale’s A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes published in Dublin including works by Turlough Carolan
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau’s treatise Nouveau système de musique théorique published in Paris
  • Giovanni Battista Somis’s 12 sonatas for violin and figured bass op.4 published in Paris

Title page of John and William Neale’s A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes

Jan 1727

5

  • JS Bach’s cantata Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid [Oh God, how much heartache], BWV 58 premiered in Leipzig

7

  • Pierre Montan Berton born (Maubert-Fontaine, France) French conductor, composer, tenor singer, opera director. Father of Henri Montan Berton (1767-1844). Died 1780
  • Attilio Ariosti ‘s opera Lucio Vero, Imperator di Roma [Lucius Verus, emperor of Rome], lib. Nicola Francesco Haym, premiered in London
  • Antonio Bioni’s opera Endimione premiered in Wroclaw

11

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera Gismondo re di Polonia [King Sigismund of Poland] premiered in Rome. Lib. F. Briani

22

  • George Frideric Handel becomes a naturalised British citizen and officially adopt the Anglicized spelling of his name

23

  • Johan Helmich Roman appointed kappelmeister of the Swedish Royal Chapel

25

  • Domenico Sarro’s opera Siroe Re di Persia [Siroe King of Persia], lib. Pietro Metastasio, premiered in Naples
  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Ipermestra premiered in Florence. Lib. A. Salvi

31

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Admeto, re di Tessaglia [Admetus, king of Thessaly] premiered in London. Lib. A. Aureli

Feb 1727

2

  • JS Bach’s cantata Ich habe genug [I have enough], BWV 82 premiered in Leipzig

3

  • Carl Heinrich Graun’s opera Sancio und Sinilde premiered in Braunschweig. Lib. Johann Ulrich von König

6

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Don Chisciotte in corte della duchessa [Don Quixote in the court of the Duchess] premiered in Vienna. Lib. G.C. Pasquini after M. de Cervantes

10

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Il Cid premiered in Rome. Lib. G.G. Alborghetti
  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Farnace premiered in Venice. Lib. A.M. Lucchini

11

  • Nicolo Porpora’s opera Siroe re di Persia [Siroe king of Persia] premiered in Rome. Lib. P. Metastasio

22

  • Francesco Gasparini (65) dies in Rome

25

  • Armand-Louis Couperin born (Paris) French composer, harpsichordist, organist. Cousin of François Couperin (1668-1733). Died 1789

Mar 1727

14

  • Johann Gottlieb Goldberg born (Gdansk, Poland) German composer, harpsichordist, organist. Gave his name to JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations when he was 14 years old. Died 1756

22

  • Niel Gow born (Dunkeld, Perthshire) Scottish fiddler, composer, dance instructor. Died 1807

25

  • Francesco Corselli succeeds Geminiano Giacomelli as maestro di cappella at the Church of Our Lady of Parma

27

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Il Batista [the Baptist] premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Zeno

30

  • Tommaso Traetta born (Bari) Italian composer, music director. Wrote more than 40 operas. Died 1779

Apr 1727

5

  • Pasquale Anfossi born (Taggia, Italy) Italian opera composer, violinist, teacher. Wrote more than 60 operas. Died 1797

11

  • JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion premiered in Leipzig

29

  • Jean-Georges Noverre born (France) French dancer, ballet-master, choreographer. Died 1810

May 1727

2

  • Giuseppe Maria Jacchini (59) dies in Bologna

6

  • Giovanni Bononcini’s opera Astianatte premiered in London. Lib. N. Haym

Jun 1727

1

  • Agostino Steffani appointed President of the Academy of Ancient Music in London

5

  • Giovanni Battista Sammartini marries Margaret Buckley in Milan

6

  • Fights between the supporters of singers Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni (some say involving the singers themselves) break out at a performance of Bononcini’s Astianatte at the King’s Theatre, London, causing such scandal that the rest of the opera season is cancelled

11

  • George Frideric Handel’s four coronation anthems including Zadok the Priest premiered at George II’s coronation

14

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Buffonet und Alga premiered in Hamburg. Lib. C.G. Wend

15

  • Marie-Justine-Benoîte Favart née Marie Duronceray born (Avignon) French soprano singer, actress, dancer. Died 1772

Jul 1727

30

  • Johann Christoph Bach (54) buried in Gehren, Germany

Aug 1727

14

  • William Croft (48) dies in Bath, Somerset

18

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Calypso premiered in Hamburg. Lib. J.P. Praetorius

23

  • Friedrich Hartmann Graf born (Rudolstadt, Germany) German flautist, composer, conductor, army drummer. Died 1795

Sep 1727

1

  • Francesco Corselli appointed maestro di cappella at the Parma court

28

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

Oct 1727

1

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Die Amours der Vespetta [the loves of Vespetta] premiered in Hamburg. Lib. C.W. Haken
  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera La caduta dei Decemviri [the fall of the Decemviri] premiered in Naples. Lib. S. Stampiglia

6

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Sancio premiered in Hamburg. Lib. J.U. König

9

  • Johann Wilhelm Hertel born (Eisenach, Germany) German composer, harpsichordist, violinist. Died 1789

17

  • JS Bach’s cantata Laß, Fürstin, laß noch einen Strahl [Let, Princess, let still one more glance] premiered in Leipzig

21

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

22

  • Giovanni Battista Ferrandini’s opera Gordio premiered in Munich. Lib. A. Perozzo da Parozzi

Nov 1727

4

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

11

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Riccardo primo, re d’Inghilterra [King Richard I of England] premiered in London. Lib. P.A. Rolli

15

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera La verità nell’inganno [the truth in deception] premiered in Salzburg. Lib. F. Silvani

19

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera Gerone tiranno di Siracusa [Hiero the Tyrant of Syracuse] premiered in Naples. Lib. A. Aureli

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  • Johann Sigismund Kusser (67) dies in Dublin

Dec 1727

1

  • Johann Heinrich Buttstett (61) dies in Erfurt

1727 (date unknown)

  • Francesco Manfredini appointed maestro di capella at St. Phillip’s Cathedral, Pistoia, a post he holds until his death in 1762
  • Giuseppe Sammartini moves to London
  • Giuseppe Tartini opens his violin school in Padua

publications

  • Joseph Bodin de Boismortier’s Six Concertos pour cinq flûtes traversières ou autres instruments sans basse (Six Concertos for five Transverse Flutes or Other instruments, without Bass) Op.15 published in Paris
  • Johan Helmich Roman’s 12 sonate for flute, viol and harpsichord published in Stockholm
  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s collection of church cantatas Auszug der jenigen musicalischen und auf die gewöhnlichen Evangelien gerichteten Arien Lib. J.F. Helbig & Sonates sans basse (6 sonatas) published in Hamburg.
  • Antonio Vivaldi’s La cetra op.9 for violin published in Amsterdam in 2 volumes

Giuseppe Tartini 1692-1770

Jan 1728

16

  • Niccolò Piccinni born (Bari) Italian composer. Wrote more than 100 operas. Died 1800

17

  • Johann Gottfried Müthel born (Mölln, Germany) German composer, organist. Died 1788
  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Argene premiered in Naples. Lib. D. Lalli

19

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera Catone in Utica premiered in Rome. Lib. P. Metastasio

29

  • John Gay’s ballad opera The Beggar’s Opera with music arranged by Johann Christoph Pepusch opens at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London (62 performances)
John Gay (1685-1732)

John Gay (1685-1732)

Feb 1728

4

  • Baldassare Galuppi and Giovanni Battista Pescetti’s opera Gl’odi delusi dal sangue [hatred disappointed by the blood] premiered in Venice. Lib. A.M. Lucchini

8

  • André Cardinal Destouches replaces Nicolas de Francine as director of Académie Royale de Musique et de Danse in Paris

12

  • Agostino Steffani (74) dies in Frankfurt of apoplexy (brain haemorrhage)

16

  • Gaetano Guadagni born (Lodi, Italy) Italian castrato singer. Died 1792

17

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Siroe, re di Persia [Siroe King of Persia] premiered in London. Lib. N.F. Haym

24

  • Franz Joseph Aumann born (Vienna) Austrian composer, singer, priest. Died 1797

Mar 1728

1

  • Maurice Greene’s anthem Hearken Unto Me Ye Holy Children premiered in Cambridge

4

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

13

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera La corona d’Imeneo [the crown of Hymen] premiered in Vienna. Lib. G.C. Pasquini

23

  • Johann Fux’s oratorio La deposizione dalla Croce di Gesù Cristo Salvator nostro [Deposition from the Cross of Jesus Christ our Saviour] premiered in Vienna. Lib. G.C. Pasquini

Apr 1728

1

  • Franz Asplmayr born (Linz) Austrian composer, violinist. Died 1786

23

  • Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco (83) dies in Lima

30

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Tolomeo, re di Egitto [Ptolemy king of Egypt] premiered in London. Lib. N.F. Haym

May 1728

10

  • Gregor Werner appointed Kapellmeister at the Esterházy court in Eisenstadt, a position he holds until his death in 1766 when he was succeeded by Joseph Haydn

16

  • Johann Andreas Stein born (Heidesheim, Germany) German piano maker, keyboard instrument designer. Father of Nannette Streicher (1769-1833). Died 1792

26

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Miriways premiered in Hamburg. Lib. J.S. Müller

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  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera Attalo, re di Bitinia [Attalus, king of Bithynia], lib. Francesco Silvani, premiered in Naples

Aug 1728

15

  • Marin Marais (72) dies in Paris

28

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

Oct 1728

8

  • Anne Danican Philidor (47) dies in Paris

18

  • Reinhard Keiser’s opera Lucius Verus premiered in Hamburg. Lib. H. Hinsch

19

  • François Francoeur & François Rebel’s opera Tarsis et Zélie premiered in Paris. Lib. Jean-Louis-Ignace de la Serre

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  • Francesco Durante appointed primo maestro of the Conservatorio dei Poveri di Gesù Cristo, Naples, a post he holds until 1739

Nov 1728

4

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

12

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Emma und Eginhard premiered in Hamburg. Lib. C.G. Wend

20

  • Nicolo Porpora’s opera Ezio premiered in Venice. Lib. P. Metastasio

25

  • The fortnightly music magazine Der getreue Music-Meister [The Faithful Music Master] edited by Georg Philipp Telemann begins publication

Dec 1728

2

  • Reinhard Keiser appointed Kantor of Hamburg Cathedral

9

  • Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi born (Massa, Italy) Italian opera composer. Wrote around 90 operas between 1757 and 1802. Died 1804

11

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera Flavio Anicio Olibrio premiered in Naples. Lib. P. Pariati and A. Zeno

20

  • Franz Xaver Pokorny born (Czech Rep) Czech composer. Died 1794

21

  • Hermann Friedrich Raupach born (Stralsund, Germany) German composer, harpsichordist, teacher. Kappelmeister at the Russian court from 1758 to 1762. Died 1778

25

  • Johann Adam Hiller born (Wendisch-Ossig, Germany) German composer, conductor, teacher, music historian. Considered the originator of the German opera form Singspiel of which he wrote 15. Died 1804

29

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera L’Atenaide premiered in Florence. Lib. A. Zeno

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  • John Gay’s sequel to the Beggar’s OperaPolly, is banned by the Lord Chamberlain from being staged for being “filthy and libelous”. It is later published on a subscription basis

publications

  • Benedikt Anton Aufschnaiter’s Cymbalum Davidis op. 8 (4 vesper psalms) published in Passau
  • Joseph Bodin de Boismortier’s Six Concertos pour les flûtes traversières, violons ou hautbois avec la basse op.21 (Six Concertos for Transverse Flutes, Violins or Oboes, with Bass) published in Paris
  • André Campra’s Cantates françoises avec simphonie et sans simphonie livre troisième published in Paris
  • François Couperin’s Fourth book of harpsichord music Pièces de violes (2 suites) published in Paris (2 suites)
  • Jean-François Dandrieu’s Second Livre de pièces de clavecin published in Paris
  • Johann David Heinichen’s book on music theory Der Generalbass in der Composition published in Dresden, the first work to describe the circle of fifths
  • Jean-Marie Leclair’s Second livre de sonates op.2 (12 violin sonatas) published in Paris
  • Vincent Lübeck’s Clavier Übung published in Hamburg
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Nouveau système de musique théorique published in Paris
  • Giuseppe Tartini’s Sei concerti a 5 op.1 lib.1 (6 concertos) published in Amsterdam
  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s Sonate metodiche (6 sonatas for flute or violin and bass) published in Hamburg

Title page of Vincent Lübeck’s Clavier Übung

Jan 1729

1

  • JS Bach’s cantata Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm [According to Thy name, O God, so is Thy praise], BWV 171 premiered in Leipzig

29

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera L’Ulderica premiered in Naples. Lib. Bernardo Saddumene

Feb 1729

6

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera La Semiramide riconosciuta [Semiramis recognised] premiered in Rome. Lib. P. Metastasio

8

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera I disingannati [I disabused] premiered in Vienna. Lib. G.C. Pasquini

28

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Aesopus bei Hofe [Aesop at Court] premiered in Hamburg. Lib. J. Mattheson

Mar 1729

31

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

unk

  • JS Bach takes over the musical directorship of secular music ensemble the Collegium Musicum

Apr 1729

12

  • Louis-Guillaume Pécourt (75) dies in Paris

15

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

May 1729

2

  • Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg aka Catherine II (The Great) born (Szczecin, Poland). Empress of Russia, also wrote opera librettos
  • Florian Johann Deller baptised (Drosendorf, Austria) Austrian composer, violinist. Died 1773

3

  • Florian Leopold Gaßmann born (Most, Czech Rep) German composer, teacher, music director. Compositions include more than 20 operas, 26 symphonies and 37 string quartets. Died 1774

29

  • Charles Coffey’s ballad opera The Beggar’s Wedding premiered in London, lib. Coffey

Jun 1729

9

  • Baldassare Galuppi and Giovanni Battista Pescetti’s opera Dorinda premiered in Venice. Lib. D. Lalli

Jul 1729

10

  • Giovanni Battista Ferrandini’s opera Il sacrificio invalido [invalid sacrifice], lib. A. Perozzo da Perozzi, premiered in Nymphenburg

16

  • Johann David Heinichen (46) dies in Dresden of tuberculosis

27

  • Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (64) dies in Paris

31

  • Nicola Francesco Haym (51) dies in London

Aug 1729

6

  • Giovanni Battista Ferrandini’s opera Colloquio pastorale [pastoral conversation], lib. A. Perozzo da Perozzi, premiered in Nymphenburg

28

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

Sep 1729

19

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s serenata L’unione della Pace e di Marte [the union of Peace and Mars] premiered in Venice. Lib. A. Grossatesta

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  • Attilio Ariosti (c. 62) dies in London

Oct 1729

1

  • Anton Cajetan Adlgasser born (Inzel, Germany) German composer, organist. Died 1777

10

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Der Weiseste in Sidon [the wisest in Sidon] premiered in Hamburg. Lib. J.G. Hamann

16

  • Pierre van Maldere born (Brussels) Belgian composer, violinist, conductor. Died 1768

17

  • Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny born (Saint-Omer, France) French opera composer, music educator. All 15 of his operas composed between 1759 and 1777. Died 1817

Nov 1729

1

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s fortnightly music magazine Der getreue Music-Meister [The Faithful Music Master] ceases publication after a year

4

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera Tigrane premiered in Naples. Lib. F. Silvani

13

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

22

  • Pieter Bustijn (c.80) dies in Middelburg, Netherlands

23

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Flavius Bertaridus, König der Longobarden [Bertaridus Flavius​​, King of the Lombards] premiered in Hamburg. Lib. C.G. Wend and composer

26

  • Leonardo Vinci’s opera La Contesa dei Numi [the contention of the gods], lib. Pietro Metastasio, premiered in Rome

Dec 1729

1

  • Giuseppe Sarti born (Faenza, Italy) Italian opera composer. Wrote more than 70 between 1752 and 1800. Died 1802
  • Christian Ludwig Boxberg (59) dies in Görlitz

2

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Lotario premiered in London. Lib. A. Salvi

3

  • Antonio Soler born (Girona, Spain) Spanish composer, harpsichordist. Died 1783

27

  • Baldassare Galuppi’s opera L’odio placato [hatred appeased] premiered in Venice. Lib. F. Silvani

1729 (date unknown)

  • Antonio Bernacchi moves to London where he sings in six Handel operas

publications

  • Joseph Bodin de Boismortier’s Concerto pour le violoncelle, viole ou basson (Concerto for Cello, Viol or Bassoon) Op.26 published in Paris
  • Antonio Caldara’s Vicino a un rivoletto, cantata for contralto, violin, violoncello & continuo published in Vienna
  • Nicolas Chédeville’s Amusements champêtres, livre 1e op.1 published in Paris
  • Michel Richard Delalande’s Motets de feu De La Lande (Motets of the late De La Lande) published posthumously in Paris
  • George Frideric Handel’s A General Collection of Minuets to which are added 12 Celebrated Marches published in London
  • Jean-Joseph Mouret’s Suites de Symphonies published in Paris
  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s collection of secular cantatas Ich kann lachen, weinen, scherzen published in Hamburg. Lib. M. von Ziegler
  • Carlo Tessarini’s 12 Sonate a violino e basso op.1 published in Venice
  • Antonio Vivaldi’s VI concerti op.10; 6 concerti op.11 & 6 concerti op.12 published in Amsterdam
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