1735-39

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Jan 1735

8

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Ariodante premiered in London. Lib. A. Salvi
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s opera L’Olimpiade [the Olympics] premiered in Rome. Lib. Pietro Metastasio

12

  • John Eccles (c. 66) dies in London

20

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Demofoonte premiered in Naples. Lib. Pietro Metastasio

21

  • Johann Gottfried Eckard born (Augsburg, Germany) German composer, pianist. Died 1809

29

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera La clemenza di Tito [the clemency of Titus] premiered in Venice. Lib. Pietro Metastasio

30

  • JS Bach’s cantata Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit [Were God not with us this time], BWV 14 premiered in Leipzig

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  • Maurice Greene appointed Master of the King’s Music, succeeding John Eccles

Feb 1735

1

  • Nicola Porpora’s opera Polifemo [Polyphemus] premiered in London. Lib. P.A. Rolli

18

  • Colley Cibber’s ballad opera Flora is performed in Charleston, SC – the first opera to be staged in the United States

24

  • André Campra’s opera Achille et Déidamie premiered in Paris. Lib. A. Danchet

25

  • Ernst Wilhelm Wolf born (Gross Behringen, Germany) German composer, keyboard player, teacher, music director. Died 1792

Mar 1735

3

  • Thomas Arne’s pantomime Harlequin Orpheus premiered in London

5

  • George Frideric Handel’s Organ concertos op.4/2 & op.4/3 premiered in London

9

  • August Bernhard Valentin Herbing born (Halberstadt, Germany) German composer, organist. Organist at Magdeburg Cathedral from 1764. Died 1766

24

  • Georg Friedrich Kauffmann (56) dies in Merseburg of tuberculosis

26

  • George Frideric Handel’s Organ concerto op.4/5 premiered in London

Apr 1735

1

  • George Frideric Handel’s Organ concerto op.4/4 premiered in London

5

  • Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Gesù presentato nel tempio [Jesus presented in the temple] premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Zeno

8

  • Jan Zelenka’s oratorio Gesù al Calvario [Jesus at Calvary] premiered in Dresden

16

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Alcina premiered in London. Lib. L. Ariosto

May 1735

3

  • Nicola Porpora’s opera Ifigenia in Aulide [Iphigenia in Aulis] premiered in London. Lib. P.A. Rolli

15

  • Domenico Sarro’s opera Gli amanti generosi [the generous lovers], lib. Tomaso Mariani, premiered in Naples

18

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Griselda premiered in Venice. Lib. A. Zeno

19

  • JS Bach’s oratorio Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen [Praise God in his kingdoms], BWV 11 aka  The Ascension Oratorio premiered in Leipzig

21

  • Egidio Duni’s opera Nerone premiered in Rome. Lib. F. Silvani

Jun 1735

6

  • Anton Schweitzer born (Coburg, Gemany) German opera composer. Died 1787
  • Georg Österreich (71) dies in Wolfenbüttel

22

  • Pirro Albergati (71) dies in Bologna

Jul 1735

1

  • James Lyon born (Newark, NJ) American presbyterian minister, hymnwriter. Died 1794

12

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Emira premiered in Naples. Lib. Tommaso Mariani

18

  • Johann Krieger (83) dies in Zittau, Germany

Aug 1735

23

  • Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera-ballet Les Indes galantes [the gallant Indies] premiered in Paris. Lib. L. Fuzelier

28

  • Antonio Caldara’s operas Il natale di Minerva Tritonia [the birth of Minerva Tritonia], lib. G.C. Pasquini & Le grazie vendicate [the graces avenged], lib. P. Metastasio, premiered in Vienna

Sep 1735

5

  • Johann Christian Bach born (Leipzig) German composer. Son of JS Bach, brother of Wilhelm Friedmann (1710-84), Carl Philip Emanuel (1714-88), Johann Gottfried Bernhard (1715-39), Gottfried Heinrich (1724-63) and Johann Christoph Friedrich (1732-95) Bach. Died 1782

24

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera Tito Vespasiano [Titus Vespasian] premiered in Pesaro. Lib. P. Metastasio

Oct 1735

18

  • Thomas Arne’s pantomime Harlequin Restor’d premiered in London

27

  • François Francoeur & François Rebel’s opera Scanderberg premiered in Paris

30

  • Edward Miller born (Norwich) English flautist, organist, composer, historian. Organist of St George’s Minster, Doncaster for more than 50 years from 1756. Died 1807

Nov 1735

2

  • Šimon Brixi (42) dies in Prague

4

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Scipione Africano il maggiore [Scipio Africanus Major] premiered in Vienna. Lib. G.C. Pasquini
  • David Perez’s opera La nemica amante [the enemy lover], lib. anonymous, premiered in Naples

Dec 1735

10

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Il Demetrio premiered in Castello di Torremaggiore. Lib. P. Metastasio (second version)

19

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Lucio Papirio premiered in Naples. Lib. S. Salvi

27

  • Egidio Duni’s opera Adriano in Siria [Hadrian in Syria] premiered in Rome. Lib. P. Metastasio

1735 (date unknown)

  • A fire at the court library in Rudolstadt, Germany destroys almost the complete works of composer Philipp Heinrich Erlebach

publications

  • Tomaso Albinoni’s Concerti a cinque op.10 (12 concertos for quintet) published in Amsterdam
  • JS Bach’s Clavier-Übung II published in Leipzig (including Italian Concerto & French Overture)
  • Jean-Baptiste Barrière’s Livre II de sonates pour violoncelle et basse continue published in Paris
  • Louis-Claude Daquin’s Livre de pièces de clavecin published in Paris including Le Coucou
  • Pietro Antonio Locatelli’s Parte Ia: VI introduttioni teatrali; Parte IIa: VI concerti op.4 for string quartet published in Amsterdam
  • Johann Mattheson’s Die wol-klingende Finger-Sprache, in zwölff Fugen, mit zwey bis drey Subjecten for organ (part 1) published in Hamburg
  • Giacomo Antonio Perti’s Messa e salmi concertati op.2 published in Bologna
  • Nicolo Porpora’s All’ altezza reale di Frederico Prencipe reale di Vallia op.1 (12 cantatas, lib. P. Metastasio) published in London
  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s Fantaisie for violin (12 pieces); 12 fantaisies for viola da gamba; Sonates corellisantes (6 trios for 2 flutes or violins and bass) & Telemanns fugirende und veraendernde Choraele for organ or harpsichord published in Hamburg
JS Bach - French Overture & Italian Concerto (Hyperion)

JS Bach – French Overture & Italian Concerto (Hyperion)

Jan 1736

17

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Ginevra, principessa di Scozia [Geneva, Princess of Scotland] premiered in Florence. Lib. A. Salvi

21

  • Charles Theodore Pachelbel gives a public concert in New York City, the first documented event of its kind in the United States

24

  • Nicola Porpora’s opera Mitridate premiered in London. Lib. C. Cibber

27

  • Baldassare Galuppi’s opera Elisa regina di Tiro [Elisa Queen of Tyre] premiered in Venice. Lib. A. Zeno and P. Pariati

Feb 1736

3

  • Johann Georg Albrechtsberger born (Vienna) Austrian composer, teacher, theorist, organist. Teacher of Beethoven 1793-4. Died 1809

13

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Achille in Sciro premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Metastasio

19

  • George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Alexander’s Feast premiered in London. Lib. J. Dryden

28

  • Thomas Arne’s masque The Fall of Phaeton premiered in London. Lib. W. Pritchard

Mar 1736

17

  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (26) dies in Pozzuoli, Italy of tuberculosis

Apr 1736

2

  • Antonio Lotti appointed maestro di cappella at S Marco, Venice, a post he holds until his death in 1740

27

  • George Frideric Handel’s anthem Sing unto God premiered in London

May 1736

4

  • Nicolo Porpora’s serenata Festa d’Imeneo [feast of Hymen] premiered in London. Lib. P.A. Rolli

5

  • John Weldon (60) dies in London

12

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Atalanta premiered in London. Lib. B. Valeriano

Jul 1736

26

  • Giuseppe Bonno’s opera L’amore insuperabile [invincible love], lib. Giovanni Claudio Pasquini, premiered in Vienna

Aug 1736

1

  • Jean-Benoit Leclair appointed director of the Académie de Musique de Moulins in Paris

15

  • Johann Christoph Kellner born (Gräfenroda, Germany) German organist, composer, theorist. Son of Johann Peter Kellner (1705-72). Died 1803

21

  • Emanuele d’Astorga (54) dies in Madrid

28

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Ciro riconosciuto [Cyrus recognised] premiered in Vienna. Lib. P. Metastasio

Oct 1736

1

  • Giuseppe Bonno’s opera Trajano [Trajan], lib. Giovanni Claudio Pasquini, premiered in Vienna

Nov 1736

4

  • Antonio Caldara’s opera Il Temistocle premiered in Vienna. Lib. Pietro Metastasio
  • Domenico Sarro’s opera Alessandro nell’Indie [Alexander in India] premiered in Naples. Lib. Pietro Metastasio

12

  • Baldassare Galuppi’s opera Ergilda premiered in Venice. Lib. B. Vitturi

18

  • Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch born (Zerbst, Germany) German harpsichordist, conductor, composer. Founder of the Berlin Singakademie. Son of Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758). Died 1800

22

  • Francesco Durante’s sacred drama Abigaile premiered in Rome. Lib. unknown
  • Baldassare Galuppi’s opera Ergilda premiered in Venice. Lib. B. Vitturi

25

  • A three-manual, 43-stop organ, built by Gottfried Silbermann, is dedicated at the new Frauenkirche in Dresden

Dec 1736

1

  • J. S. Bach gives a recital on the Silbermann organ at the Dresden Frauenkirche

2

  • CPE Bach’s oratorio Ich freue mich des, das mir geredet ist premiered in Frankfurt an der Oder

19

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Farnace premiered in Naples. Lib. D. Lalli

26

  • Antonio Caldara (c. 65) dies in Vienna

1736 (date unknown)

publications

  • Tomaso Albinoni’s 12 Concerti a cinque op.10 published in Amsterdam
  • Jean-Marie Leclair’s Première recréation de musique d’une exécution facile op.6 (suite for 2 violins and bass) published in Paris
  • Pietro Antonio Locatelli’s VI sonate a 3 op.5 for 2 violins or flutes and bass published in Amsterdam
  • James Oswald’s Collection of Minuets published in Edinburgh
  • Nicolo Porpora’s Sinfonie da camera, a 3 op.2 (6 suites) published in London
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Indes galantes, balet, reduit à quatre grands concerts (orchestral works arranged for harpsichord) published in Paris
  • Georg Christian Schemelli’s Musical Song Book published (including 69 sacred songs and arias by JS Bach)
  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s collection of secular cantatas VI moralische Cantaten, lib. D. Stoppe; 6 ouvertures à 4 ou 6 & Canones (12 pieces) published in Hamburg

The Silbermann Organ, Dresden

Jan 1737

12

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

19

  • Giuseppe Millico born (Terlizzi, Italy) Italian castrato singer, teacher. Died 1802

Feb 1737

6

  • Giovanni Battista Bononcini’s opera Alessandro in Sidone [Alexander in Sidon] premiered in London. Lib. A. Zeno

9

  • Francesco Araja’s opera Il finto Nino [the fake Nino] premiered in St Petersburg

16

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Giustino premiered in London. Lib. N. Beregan

27

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera Senocrita premiered in Dresden. Lib. S.B. Pallavicino

Mar 1737

9

  • Josef Mysliveček born (Prague) Czech composer. Works include 23 operas and 55 symphonies. Died 1781

15

  • Thomas Arne marries Cecilia Young in London

16

  • George Frideric Handel’s cantata Carco sempre di gloria [always a bearer of glory] premiered in London

23

  • George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Il trionfo del Tempo e della Verità [The Triumph of Time and Truth] premiered in London. Lib. B. Pamphili

28

  • Nicolo Porpora’s sacred drama Il Gedeone [the Gideon] premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Perrucci

Apr 1737

4

  • Giovanni Bononcini’s oratorio Ezechia premiered in Vienna. Lib. A. Zeno

19

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s oratorio La Virtù appiè della croce [virtue at the foot of the cross] premiered in Dresden. Lib. S.B. Pallavicino

26

  • Giovanni Battista Pescetti’s opera Sabrina premiered in London. Lib. P.A. Bolli

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  • George Frideric Handel suffers a stroke resulting in temporary paralysis of his right hand

May 1737

9

  • Giuseppe Bonno appointed maestro di composizione at the Kaiserliche Hofkapelle in Vienna

10

  • John Frederick Lampe’s satirical opera The Dragon of Wantley premiered in London. Lib. Henry Carey

11

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera Siface premiered in Bologna. Lib. Pietro Metastasio

13

  • Giuseppe Bonno’s opera La gara del genio con Giunone [the engineering of the competition with Juno], lib. Giovanni Claudio Pasquini, premiered in Laxenburg

18

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

24

  • Egidio Duni’s opera Demophontes, King of Thrace premiered in London. Lib. Pietro Metastasio

29

  • Baldassare Galuppi’s opera L’Alvilda premiered in Venice. Lib. D. Lalli

Jun 1737

19

  • Francesco Corselli appointed vice-maestro de capilla at the Madrid court

Jul 1737

26

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera Atalanta premiered in Dresden. Lib. S.B. Pallavicino

Aug 1737

3

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera Asteria premiered in Dresden. Lib. S.B. Pallavicino

Sep 1737

14

  • Johann Michael Haydn born (Rohrau, Austria) Austrian composer, organist. Known mainly for his sacred music, but also wrote many secular and instrumental works. Brother of Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Died 1806

22

  • Francesco Mancini (65) dies in Naples
  • Michel Pignolet de Montéclair (59) dies in Aumont, France

26

  • Francis Hopkinson born (Philadelphia, PA) American judge, politician, writer, composer, harpsichord player. One of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence. Died 1791

28

  • JS Bach’s cantata Angenehmes Wiederau, freue dich in deinen Auen! [Pleasant Wiederau, rejoice in your meadows!], BWV 30a premiered in Gut Wiederau, Germany

Oct 1737

1

  • Giuseppe Bonno’s opera Alessandro Severo [Alexander Severus], lib.  Giovanni Claudio Pasquini, premiered in Vienna

12

  • Ignaz Holzbauer’s opera Lucio Papirio dittatore [dictator Lucius Papirius] premiered in Holešov. Lib. A. Zeno

13

  • Antoine Trial born (Avignon) French tenor singer, actor. Ally of Robespierre during the Terror. Died 1795

22

  • Vincenzo Manfredini born (Pistoia, Italy) Italian composer, harpsichordist, theorist, teacher. Son of Francesco Manfredini (1684-1762). Died 1799
  • Giovanni Battista Ferrandini’s opera Demofoonte premiered in Munich. Lib. Pietro Metastasio

24

  • Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera Castor et Pollux premiered in Paris. Lib. P.-J. Bernard
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)

Nov 1737

4

  • Giuseppe Bonno’s opera La generosità di Artaserse [the generosity of Artaxerxes], lib. Giovanni Claudio Pasquini, premiered in Vienna
  • Domenico Sarro’s opera Achille in Sciro, lib. Pietro Metastasio,  premiered in Naples at the inauguration of the Real Teatro San Carlo (architects Giovanni Antonio Medrano and Antonio Carasale), the oldest continually active opera house in Europe

29

  • Giovanni Battista Pescetti’s opera Arsaces premiered in London. Lib. Antonio Salvi and Paolo Antonio Rolli

Dec 1737

17

  • George Frideric Handel’s funeral anthem The ways of Zion do mourn premiered at Queen Caroline’s funeral

18

  • Antonio Stradivari (93) dies in Cremona

19

  • Leonardo Leo’s opera L’olimpiade premiered in Naples. Lib. Pietro Metastasio

26

  • Baldassare Galuppi’s opera Issipile premiered in Turin. Lib. Pietro Metastasio (first version)

30

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera L’oracolo in Messenia [the oracle in Messenia] premiered in Venice. Lib. A. Zeno

1737 (date unknown)

  • Frederick Charles Reinhold born (London) English bass singer, actor. Died 1815

publications

  • André Campra’s Pseaumes mis en musique à grand choeur livre premier (Notus in Judea Deus & Benedictus Dominus) published in Paris
  • Jean-Marie Leclair’s Récréation de musique in G minor op.8 & 6 violin concertos op.7 published in Paris
  • Pietro Antonio Locatelli’s XII sonate da camera op.6 for violin and bass published in Amsterdam
  • Johann Mattheson’s Die wol-klingende Finger-Sprache, in zwölff Fugen, mit zwey bis drey Subjecten for organ (part 2) published in Hamburg
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau’s treatise Génération harmonique, ou Traité de musique théorique et pratique published in Paris
  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s collection of secular cantatas 6 moralische Kantaten published in Hamburg. Lib. J.J.D. Zimmermann
  • Johann Caspar Vogler’s Vermischte musikalische Choral-Gedanken published in Weimar, a pair of chorales

Teatro di San Carlo, Naples

Jan 1738

3

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Faramondo premiered in London. Lib. A. Zeno

6

  • Franz Xaver Murschhauser (74) dies in Munich

12

  • Ernst Carl Gottfried Bach born (Ohrdurf, Germany) German Kantor. Son of Johann Christoph Bach (1702-56), brother of Philipp Christian Georg (1734-1809) and Ernst Christian (1747-1822) Bach. Died 1801

17

  • Jean-François Dandrieu (c.55) dies in Paris

27

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Rosmira premiered in Venice. Lib. S. Stampiglia

28

  • Giovanni Battista Pescetti’s opera La conquista del velo d’oro [the conquest of the golden fleece], lib. Angelo Cori, premiered in London

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  • *Richard Charke (c.28) dies in Jamaica after fleeing from his creditors in England

Feb 1738

5

  • Georg Riedel (61) dies in Kaliningrad

8

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera Irene premiered in Dresden. Lib. S.B. Pallavicino

9

  • Francesco Araja’s opera Artaserse premiered In St Petersburg. Lib. Pietro Metastasio

Mar 1738

4

  • Thomas Arne’s masque Comus premiered in London. Lib. J. Dalton after J. Milton

25

  • Turlough Carolan (c. 67) dies in Alderford, County Roscommon, Ireland

Apr 1738

14

  • Jean-Joseph Mouret committed into an asylum in Charenton-le-Pont after losing all of his posts between 1734 and 1737 and sinking into poverty

15

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Serse premiered in London. Lib. N. Minato

17

  • Philip Hayes baptised (Oxford) English composer, organist, singer, conductor. Son of William Hayes (1708-77). Died 1797

19

  • Royal Society of Musicians, the oldest music related charity in the UK, founded in London as the Society of Musicians by Michael Festing, Carl Friederich Weidemann and Thomas Vincent. Founding members include Thomas Arne and George Frideric Handel

May 1738

4

  • The first Russian dance school, The Imperial Ballet School, founded in St Petersburg (later known as the Leningrad State Choreographic Institute, now known as the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet)

9

  • Francesco Corselli’s opera Alessandro nelle Indie [Alexander in India] premiered in Madrid. Lib. Pietro Metastasio

11

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera Alfonso premiered in Dresden. Lib. S.B. Pallavicino

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  • Jonathan Battishill born (London) English composer, organist, tenor singer. Died 1801

Jun 1738

3

  • Pierre Vachon born (Avignon) French composer, violinist. Died 1803

24

  • JS Bach’s cantata Freue dich, erlöste Schar [Rejoice, ransomed throng], BWV 30 premiered in Leipzig

Jul 1738

4

  • Francesco Corselli appointed maestro di musica e cori at the Capilla real in Madrid

26

  • Giuseppe Bonno’s opera La pace richiamata [peace called], lib. Giovanni Claudio Pasquini, premiered in Vienna

Aug 1738

14

  • Leopold Hofmann born (Vienna) Austrian composer, organist, choirmaster, teacher. Died 1793

25

  • Giovanni Battista Borghi born (Camerino, Italy) Italian composer, choirmaster. Maestro di cappella at Macerata Cathedral, 1759-78. Died 1796

29

  • Georg Reutter (81) dies in Vienna

Sep 1738

23

  • Carlo Agostino Badia (c. 66) dies in Vienna

Oct 1738

1

  • Giuseppe Bonno’s opera La pietà di Numa [the piety of Numa], lib. Giovanni Claudio Pasquini, premiered in Vienna

17

  • Francesco Durante’s Missa in Palestrina completed

Nov 1738

15

  • Frederick William Herschel born (Hanover) Anglo-German astronomer, scientist, organist, music director, composer. Died 1822

Dec 1738

14

  • Jan Antonín Koželuh born (Velvary, Czech Rep) Czech composer, organist, author, concert master. Died 1814

22

  • Jean-Joseph Mouret (56) dies in Charenton-le-Pont, France

1738 (date unknown)

  • Carlo Besozzi born (Naples) Italian composer, oboist. Died 1791
  • José de Torres (c. 73) dies in Madrid

publications

  • Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello’s 12 concerti e sinphonie op.1 published in Amsterdam
  • André Campra’s Pseaumes mis en musique à grand choeur livre second (Deus in nomine tuo & Cantate Domino canticum novum) published in Paris
  • Egidio Duni’s 6 trio sonatas op.1 published in Rotterdam
  • Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer’s collection of dance suites for harpsichord Musikalischer Parnassus published
  • Louis-Gabriel Guillemain’s XII sonates en trio pour les violons et flûtes, 12 trio sonatas op.2 published in Paris
  • George Frideric Handel’s Six Concertos op.4 published in London
  • Domenico Scarlatti’s Essercizi per gravicembalo published, a collection of 30 keyboard sonatas
  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s Nouveaux quatuors en six suites (6 suites for flute, violin, viola da gamba or cello and bass) & XII canons mélodieux ou VI sonates en duo published in Paris

Egidio Duni 1708-75

Jan 1739

16

  • George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Saul premiered in London. Lib. C. Jennens

20

  • Nicolo Porpora’s opera La Semiramide riconosciuta [Semiramis recognised] premiered in Naples. Lib. P. Metastasio
Handel - Saul (Naxos)

Handel – Saul (Naxos)

Feb 1739

6

  • Georg Christoph Wagenseil appointed composer to the Viennese imperial court, a post he holds until his death in 1777

Mar 1739

10

  • Giovanni Battista Pescetti’s opera Angelica e Medoro, lib. Carlo Vedova, premiered in London

12

  • Thomas Brome succeeds John Gordon as Gresham Professor of Music in London, a post he holds until 1745

20

  • George Frideric Handel’s Organ concerto no.14 premiered in London

21

  • Johann Ernst Bach (55) dies in Eisenach

24

  • Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart born (Oberonstheim, Germany) German poet, organist, music director, theatre manager. Died 1791

Apr 1739

4

  • George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt & Organ concerto no.13 premiered in London

21

  • George Frideric Handel’s Trio Sonatas op.5 published in London

May 1739

1

  • George Frideric Handel’s opera Giove in Argo premiered in London. Lib. A.M. Lucchini

12

  • Johann Baptist Vanhal born (Nové Mitrovice, Czech Rep) Czech composer, violinist, cellist, organist, choirmaster. Died 1813

21

  • Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera-ballet Les fêtes d’Hébé [the festivals of Hebe] premiered in Paris. Lib. A.-C.-G. de Montdorge

27

  • Johann Gottfried Bernhard Bach (24) dies in Jena

Jul 1739

1

  • Nicola Porpora appointed maestro di cappella at the conservatory of Santa Maria di Loreto in Naples

7

  • Friedrich Wilhelm Rust born (Woerlitz, Germany) German composer, violinist. Died 1796

24

  • Benedetto Marcello (52) dies in Brescia

26

  • Giuseppe Bonno’s opera La vera nobilità [the true nobility], lib. Giovanni Claudio Pasquini, premiered in Vienna

Aug 1739

28

  • Agostino Accorimboni born (Rome) Italian composer of 13 operas. Died 1818

Sep 1739

5

  • Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer’s opera Zaïde, reine de Grenade [Zaide, Queen of Granada] premiered in Paris. Lib. Abbé de La Marre

7

  • Joseph Legros born (Monampteuil, France) French tenor singer, music director, composer. Died 1791

12

  • Reinhard Keiser (65) dies in Hamburg

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  • Leopold Mozart is expelled from the University of Salzburg due to poor attendance

Oct 1739

1

  • Giuseppe Bonno’s opera Il natale di Numa Pompilio [the birthplace of Numa Pompilius], lib. Giovanni Claudio Pasquini, premiered in Vienna

22

  • Giovanni Battista Ferrandini’s opera Artaserse premiered in Munich. Lib. Pietro Metastasio

Nov 1739

2

  • Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf born (Vienna) Austrian composer, violinist. Died 1799

4

  • Francesco Corselli’s opera Farnace premiered in Madrid. Lib. Pietro Metastasio

5

  • Hugh Montgomerie, 12th Earl of Eglinton born (Tarbolton, Ayrshire) Scottish politician, canal cuilder, composer, cellist. Died 1819

19

  • Giuseppe Bonno’s opera Il nume d’Atene [the deity of Athens], lib. Giovanni Claudio Pasquini, premiered in Vienna
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera Dardanus premiered in Paris. Lib. C.-A. Le Clerc de La Bruère

22

  • George Frideric Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day premiered in London. Lib. J. Dryden

Dec 1739

1

  • Giovanni Battista Pescetti’s opera Diana e Endimione, lib. Pietro Metastasio, premiered in London

1739 (date unknown)

  • Charles John Frederick Lampe born (London) English composer, organist. Son of John Frederick Lampe (1703-51) and Isabella Lampe (1715-95). Died 1767
  • Antonio Bioni (c. 41) dies in Venice
  • *Giuseppe Giovanni Battista Guarneri (c.73) dies in Cremona

publications

  • JS Bach’s Clavier-Übung III published in Leipzig (organ works including a prelude, a fugue, 4 duets, 12 chorales and Kyrie and Gloria settings)
  • Jean-Baptiste Barrière’s Livre III de sonates pour violoncelle et basse continue published in Paris
  • Jean-François Dandrieu’s Premier Livre de Pièces d’orgue published in Paris
  • Francesco Geminiani’s Sonate op.4 (12 sonatas for violin and bass) published in London
  • Louis-Gabriel Guillemain’s Deuxième livre de sonates, sonatas for violin and basso continuo op.3, VI sonates for 2 violins op.4 & Deuxième livre de sonates, sonatas for two violins/flutes op.5 published in Paris
  • George Frideric Handel’s Twelve Grand Concertos op.6 published in London
  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s 6 sonatas or trios for flute or violin and bass published in London
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