1755-59

<1750-1754 1760-1764>

Jan 1755

6

  • Carl Heinrich Graun’s opera Montezuma premiered in Berlin, lib. Frederick II of Prussia

11

  • Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer (c. 49) dies in Paris

15

  • Azzolino Bernardino della Ciaja (83) dies in Pisa

16

  • Maria Theresia Ahlefeldt aka Princess Maria Theresia of Thurn and Taxis born (Regensburg, Germany) German composer. Died 1810

Feb 1755

11

  • Albert Christoph Dies baptised (Hannover) German artist, writer, composer. Biographer of Joseph Haydn. Died 1822
  • Niccolò Jommelli’s opera Pelope premiered in Stuttgart, lib. M. Verazi

Mar 1755

2

  • Antoine-Frédéric Gresnick born (Liège) Belgian opera composer. Died 1799

10

  • Francesco Araja’s opera Tsefal i Prokris [Cephalus and Procris], lib. Aleksandr Petrovich Sumarkov, premiered In St Petersburg, the first opera in Russian

19

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s oratorios Betrachtung der neunten Stunde an dem Todestag Jesu [Consideration of the ninth hour of the death of Jesus] & Der Tod Jesu [the dead Jesus] premiered in Hamburg

26

  • Carl Heinrich Graun’s oratorio Der Tod Jesu [The dead Jesus] premiered in Cologne, lib. Karl Wilhelm Ramler

31

  • David Perez’s opera Alessandro nell’Indie [Alexander in India] premiered in Lisbon, lib. Pietro Metastasio

Apr 1755

1

  • Carl Heinrich Graun’s opera Ezio premiered in Berlin, lib. G. Tagliazucchi

May 1755

5

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera La danza premiered in Laxenburg, lib. Pietro Metastasio

9

  • Thomas Arne’s masque Britannia premiered in London, lib. D. Mallet

10

  • Gottfried August Homilius appointed Kantor at the Kreuzkirche, Dresden, and music director of the city’s three main churches

12

  • Giovanni Battista Viotti born (Fontanetto Po) Italian composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher, opera director. Died 1824

Jun 1755

11

  • Baldassare Galuppi’s opera Attalo premiered in Padua, lib. F. Silvani or A. Papi

15

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier [dear Jesus we are here] premiered in Hamburg

16

  • Ignaz Holzbauer’s opera Don Chisciotte premiered in Schwetzingen, lib. after M. de Cervantes

18

  • Louise-Rosalie Lefebvre born (Berlin) French mezzo-soprano singer, actress, dancer. Died 1821

21

  • Giovanni Porta (c. 65) dies in Munich

23

  • Giovanni Battista Sammartini marries Rosalinda Acquanio in Milan

25

  • Georg Christoph Wagenseil’s opera Le cacciatrici amanti [The hunter lovers] premiered in Laxenburg, lib. Giacomo Durazzo

27

  • Francesco Araja’s opera Amor prigioniero [Prisoner of love], lib. Pietro Metastasio, premiered In Oranienbaum

Jul 1755

9

  • Johann Gottlob Harrer (52) dies in Karlsbad

30

  • Antoine Dauvergne’s opera Les Troqueurs [The Barterers], lib. Jean-Joseph Vadé, premiered in Paris

Aug 1755

7

  • Giovanni Battista Ferrandini’s opera Diana placata [Diana placated], lib. Pietro Pariati, premiered in Munich

28

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s oratorio Danket dem Herrn [Praise the Lord] & serenata Ihr rüstigen Wächter [Your sprightly Guardian] premiered in Hamburg

30

  • Niccolò Jommelli’s opera Enea nel Lazio premiered in Stuttgart, lib. M. Verazi (first version)

Sep 1755

4

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s oratorio O Jerusalem! premiered in Hamburg

14

  • Baldassare Galuppi’s opera Le nozze [the marriage] premiered in Bologna, lib. C. Goldoni

22

  • Christian Kalkbrenner born (Minden, Germany) German composer, violinist, keyboard player. Kappelmeister to to Prince Henry of Prussia 1790-96. Father of Friedrich Kalkbrenner (1785-1849). Died 1806

30

  • Francesco Durante (71) dies in Naples

Oct 1755

5

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Holder Friede dich zu küssen [Treasured peace kissing you] premiered in Hamburg

7

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera Il re pastore [the shepherd king] premiered in Hubertusburg, lib. Pietro Metastasio

28

  • Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (65) dies in Roissy-en-Brie, France

Nov 1755

1

  • An earthquake hits Lisbon. John IV’s library burns down destroying a vast number of music manuscripts and books. The Teatro do Paço da Ribeira is also destroyed.  Approximately 50,000 people are killed

10

  • Franz Anton Ries born (Bonn) German violinist, teacher. Father of Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838) and Hubert Ries (1802-86). Died 1846

25

  • Johann Georg Pisendel (67) dies in Dresden

26

  • William Boyce succeeds Maurice Greene as Master of the King’s Musick in London

30

  • Johann Elias Bach (50) dies in Schweinfurt

Dec 1755

1

  • Maurice Greene (60) dies in London

8

  • Jean-Baptiste Stuck (75) dies
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera L’innocenza giustificata [The innocence justified] premiered in Vienna, lib. G. Durazzo and P. Metastasio

21

  • Manuel de Zumaya (77) dies in Oaxaca, Mexico

25

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Siehe, ich verkündige euch [Behold, I bring you good tidings] premiered in Hamburg

29

  • Francesco Araja’s opera Alessandro nell’Indie [Alexander in India] premiered In St Petersburg, lib. Pietro Metastasio

1755 (date unknown)

  • Giuseppe Sarti appointed Kappelmeister at the court of King Frederik V of Denmark in Copenhagen

publications

  • Johann Stamitz’s 6 sonates à 3 parties concertantes op.1 (for 2 violins and bass) published in Paris

William Boyce 1711-79

Jan 1756

1

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Alles, was ihr tut [everything you do] premiered in Hamburg

7

  • Baldassare Galuppi’s opera Idomeneo premiered in Venice. Lib. Giovanni Battista Vaccaro

9

  • Carl Heinrich Graun’s opera I fratelli nemici [brothers enemies] premiered in Berlin, lib. Frederick II and G. Tagliazucchi

22

  • Vincenzo Righini born (Bologna) Italian composer, tenor singer, kappelmeister. Died 1812

25

  • Christian Vater (76) dies in Hannover

27

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born (Salzburg) Austrian composer, keyboard player, violinist. Child prodigy and one of the most popular and influential composers. More than 600 works are catalogued. Son of Leopold Mozart (1719-87), brother of Maria Anna Mozart (1751-1829). Died 1791

Feb 1756

9

  • Karel Blažej Kopřiva born (Citolby, Czech Rep) Czech composer, organist. Son of Václav Jan Kopřiva (1708-89). Died 1785
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera Antigono premiered in Rome, lib. Pietro Metastasio

16

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera L’Olimpiade premiered in Dresden, lib. Pietro Metastasio

26

  • Baldassare Galuppi’s opera La cantarina [the sing-song] premiered in Rome, lib. C. Goldoni

Mar 1756

1

  • Antonio Bernacchi (70) dies in Bologna

4

  • Georg Christoph Wagenseil’s oratorio Il roveto di Mosè [The burning bush of Moses] premiered in Vienna

18

  • Johann Vogel born (Nuremberg) German composer, horn player. Died 1788

24

  • Francesca Lebrun née Danzi born (Mannheim) German composer, soprano singer, pianist. Died 1791

25

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Jauchzet ihr Himmel [Exult O heavens] premiered in Hamburg

27

  • Carl Heinrich Graun’s opera La Merope premiered in Berlin, lib. Frederick II and G. Tagliazucchi

Apr 1756

10

  • Giacomo Antonio Perti (94) dies in Bologna

13

  • Johann Gottlieb Goldberg (29) dies in Dresden of tuberculosis

23

  • Alexander Reinagle born (Portsmouth) Anglo-American composer, organist, teacher, impresario. Died 1809

May 1756

7

  • Thomas Linley the younger born (Bath) English composer. Son of Thomas Linley the elder (1733-95). Died 1778

12

  • Joseph Haydn’s Organ Concerto in C & Salve Regina in E premiered in Vienna

13

  • Wojciech Żywny born (Mseno, Czech Rep) Polish pianist, violinist, composer, teacher. Chopin’s first professional piano teacher. Died 1842

Jun 1756

20

  • Joseph Martin Kraus born (Miltenberg am Main, Germany) German-Swedish composer, conductor. Died 1792

Jul 1756

12

  • Pierre van Maldere’s opera Le Déguisement pastoral [the pastoral disguise], lib. Antoine Bret, premiered in Vienna

Aug 1756

4

  • Luigi Boccherini makes his stage debut, aged 13, in Lucca playing cello

10

  • Daniel Gottlob Türk born (Claussnitz, Germany) German composer, organist, teacher. Died 1813

18

  • Erdmann Neumeister (85) dies in Hamburg

19

  • François-André Philidor’s opera Le Diable à quatre [The Devil at four], lib. Michel-Jean Sedaine, premiered in Paris

29

  • Ignaz Holzbauer’s opera Le nozze d’Arianna [the marriage of Arianna] premiered in Schwetzingen, lib. M. Verazi

30

  • Niccolò Jommelli’s opera Artaserse premiered in Stuttgart, lib. Pietro Metastasio (second version)

Sep 1756

8

  • Anton Teyber baptised (Vienna) Austrian composer, organist, choirmaster. Brother of Franz Teyber (1758-1810). Died 1822

10

  • The National Theatre in St Petersburg founded under the direction of Fjodor Grigorjevich Volkov

21

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Opfere Gott dank [Sacrifice God thanks] premiered in Hamburg

29

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Lobet den Herrn, ihr seine Engel [Praise the Lord, ye his angels] premiered in Hamburg

Oct 1756

24

  • Johann Günther Bach (53) buried in Erfurt

26

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Der Herr hat Grosses an uns getan [The Lord has done for us Great] & serenata Edle krone grauer Haare [Noble crown of grey hair] premiered in Hamburg

unk

  • Johann Theodor Römhild (72) dies in Merseburg, Germany

Nov 1756

2

  • Johann Christoph Bach (53) dies in Ohrdruf, Germany (son of Johann Christoph Bach 1671-1721)

30

  • Ernst Chladni born (Wittenberg, Germany) German physicist, musician, inventor of the glass harmonica. Did much important work to develop the science of sound. Died 1827

Dec 1756

8

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera Il re pastore [the shepherd king] premiered in Vienna, lib. Pietro Metastasio

18

  • Niccolò Piccinni’s opera Zenobia premiered in Naples, lib. Pietro Metastasio

25

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe [Glory to God in the highest] premiered in Hamburg

26

  • Egidio Duni’s opera La buona figliuola [The good girl] premiered in Parma, lib. C. Goldoni

27

  • Thomas Arne’s pantomime Mercury Harlequin premiered in London

30

  • Pavel Vranický born (Nová Říše, Czech Rep) Czech composer, conductor. Brother of Antonín Vranický (1761-1820). Died 1808

1756 (date unknown)

  • John Peacock born (Morpeth) English Northumbrian piper, composer. Died 1817
  • Riccardo Broschi (c. 58) dies in Madrid

publications

  • Thomas Arne’s VIII Sonatas or Lessons for harpsichord published in London
  • Baldassare Galuppi’s Sonate per cembalo op.1 (6 sonatas) published in London
  • Louis-Gabriel Guillemain’s Second livre de sonates en quatuor, for flute, violin, bass viol, and basso continuo op.17 published in Paris
  • Johann Wilhelm Hertel’s Sei Sonate per Cembalo op.1 publsihed in Nuremberg
  • Leopold Mozart’s Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule (A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing) published
  • Giuseppe Tartini’s Sonatas for 2 violins and bass published in London
  • Georg Christoph Wagenseil’s 6 trio en symphonie op.2 published in Paris

Johann Wilhelm Hertel 1727-89

Jan 1757

1

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Wiewohl er Gottes Sohn war [Although he was a Son] premiered in Hamburg

22

  • Baldassare Galuppi’s opera Ezio premiered in Milan, lib. Pietro Metastasio

28

  • Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni born (Cuneo, Italy) Italian composer, violinist, conductor, writer. Died 1821

Feb 1757

5

  • Niccolò Jommelli’s opera Creso premiered in Rome, lib. G. Pizzi

Mar 1757

4

  • William Reeve born (London) English theatre composer, organist. Died 1815
  • George Thomson born (Limekilns, Fife) Scottish music publisher, collector, musician, music administrator. Died 1851

11

  • George Frideric Handel’s oratorio The Triumph of Time and Truth premiered in London, lib. T. Morell

27

  • Richard John Samuel Stevens born (London) English composer, organist. Gresham Professor of Music in London from 1801. Died 1837
  • Johann Stamitz (39) dies in Mannheim

31

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata De danske, norske og tydske undersaaters glaede [The Danish, Norwegian and German subjects’ pleasure] premiered in Altona

Apr 1757

22

  • Alessandro Rolla born (Pavia, Italy) Italian composer, violinist, viola player, teacher. Died 1841

May 1757

2

  • Johann Friedrich Fasch’s serenata Beglückter Tag [happier days] premiered at the 28th birthday celebrations of Catherine the Great in St Petersburg

15

  • Carl Heinrich Graun’s oratorio Te Deum premiered in Berlin

31

  • Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera Anacréon premiered in Paris. Lib. Pierre-Joseph Justin Bernard

Jun 1757

14

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s Cantate zur Einweihung der kleinen Michaelskirche [Cantata for the opening of the little Michael Church] premiered in Hamburg

18

  • Ignaz Pleyel born (Ruppersthal, Austria) Austrian composer, publisher, piano manufacturer. Founded Pleyel et Cie piano makers in 1807. Died 1831

Jul 1757

23

  • Domenico Scarlatti (71) dies in Madrid

26

  • Egidio Duni’s opera Le peintre amoureux de son modèle [The painter in love with his model] premiered in Paris, lib. L. Anseaume

Aug 1757

1

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Halleluja, amen, Lob und Her und Weisheit und Dank [Hallelujah, amen, praise and forth and wisdom and thanks] premiered in Hamburg

Sep 1757

28

  • Andrea Zani (60) killed in a carriage accident in Casalmaggiore, Italy

29

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Welch Getrümmel erschüttert [how the drumming clattered] premiered in Hamburg

Oct 1757

11

  • Zacharias Hildebrandt (c. 69) dies in Dresden

20

  • William Boyce’s masque The Tempest premiered in London. Lib. David Garrick after Shakespeare

Nov 1757

2

  • Charlotte Caroline Wilhelmine Bachmann, née Stöwe born (Berlin) German soprano singer, composer, harpsichordist. Died 1817

4

  • Ignaz Holzbauer’s opera La clemenza di Tito [the clemency of Titus] premiered in Mannheim, lib. Pietro Metastasio
  • Niccolò Piccinni’s opera Nitteti premiered in Naples, lib. Pietro Metastasio

16

  • Daniel Read born (Attleboro, MA) American composer, storekeeper, writer. Died 1836

26

  • Baldassare Galuppi’s opera Sesostri premiered in Venice, lib. P. Pariati

Dec 1757

11

  • Charles Wesley junior born (Bristol) English composer, organist. Son of Charles Wesley (1707-88), brother of Samuel Wesley (1766-1837). Died 1834
  • Fortunato Chelleri (67) dies in Kassel

18

  • Niccolò Jommelli’s opera Temistocle premiered in Naples, lib. Pietro Metastasio (first version)

25

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Tönet die Freude [sound the joy] premiered in Hamburg

26

  • Domenico Fischietti’s opera Il mercato di Malmantile [The market of Malmantile] premiered in Venice

1757 (date unknown)

  • John Danby born (London) English glee composer, organist. Died 1798
  • Emanuele d’Astorga (c. 77) dies, possibly in Madrid (approx date)
  • Lodovico Fillipo Laurenti (c. 64) dies, possibly in Bologna (approx date)
  • Giovanni Battista Locatelli’s opera company relocate to St Petersburg to work at the court of Catherine the Great

publications

  • Thomas Arne’s VII sonatas for 2 violins and cello published in London
  • Louis-Claude Daquin’s collection of Christmas pieces Nouveau livre de noëls published in Paris
  • Giovanni Battista Sammartini’s Concerti grossi op.6 (6 concertos for string quartet and organ) published in London
  • Johann Stamitz’s 6 symphonies op.2 published in Paris

Johann Stamitz 1717-57

Jan 1758

1

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Gefährten zum Ewgen [eternal fellowship] premiered in Hamburg

3

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera Nitteti premiered in Venice, lib. Pietro Metastasio

8

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera La fausse esclave [False slave] premiered in Vienna, lib. L. Anseaume and P.A.L. de Marcouville

14

  • Baldassare Galuppi’s opera Ipermestra premiered in Milan, lib. Pietro Metastasio

21

  • Niccolò Piccinni’s opera Alessandro nelle Indie [Alexander in India] premiered in Rome, lib. Pietro Metastasio (1st version)

Feb 1758

1

  • Thomas Arne’s musical drama The Prophetess premiered in London, lib. T. Betterton

7

  • Benedikt Schack born (Mirotice, Czech Rep) Czech composer, tenor singer. Died 1826

11

  • Niccolò Jommelli’s opera Ezio, lib. P. Metastasio (third version) & serenata L’asilo d’amore [The seeker of love], lib. P. Metastasio premiered in Stuttgart

12

  • Christian Ignatius Latrobe born (Leeds) English clergyman, composer, music editor, writer. Died 1836

13

  • Egidio Duni’s opera Le docteur Sangrado premiered in Paris, lib. L. Anseaume and J.-B. Lourdet de Santerre

14

  • Antoine Dauvergne’s opera Enée et Lavinie premiered in Paris. Lib. Bernard Le Bovier Granges de Fontenelle

Mar 1758

4

  • Egidio Duni’s opera La Fille mal gardée [the girl badly guarded] premiered in Paris, lib. M.J.B. Favart and J.-B. Lourdet de Santerre

14

  • Jean-Joseph de Mondonville’s oratorio les Israëlites à la Montagne d’Oreb [the Israelites at Mount Oreb] premiered in Paris

16

  • Egidio Duni’s opera La Chute des anges rebelles [The Fall of the Rebel Angels], lib. xx, premiered in Paris

22

  • Richard Leveridge (87) dies in London

Apr 1758

24

  • Frédéric Blasius born (Lauterbourg, France) French violinist, clarinetist, composer, conductor. Died 1829

30

  • François d’Agincourt (c. 74) dies in Rouen

May 1758

9

  • Jean-Joseph de Mondonville’s opera Les fêtes de Paphos [The festivals of Paphos] premiered in Paris
Jean-Joseph de Mondonville (1711-1772)

Jean-Joseph de Mondonville (1711-1772)

Jun 1758

30

  • António Leal Moreira born (Abrantes, Portugal) Portuguese composer, organist. Died 1819

Jul 1758

23

  • Timothy Swan born (Worcester, MA) American composer, hatmaker, teacher. Died 1842

Aug 1758

12

  • Johann Christian Bach’s motet Laudate pueri for voice, chorus and orchestra premiered in Milan

25

  • Franz Teyber born (Vienna) Austrian composer, choirmaster, organist, theatre director. Brother of Anton Teyber (1756-1822). Died 1810

30

  • Johann Peter Salomon appointed as a violinist at the Court of Bonn

Sep 1758

6

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Hilf deinen Volk [help your people] premiered in Hamburg

9

  • Egidio Duni’s opera Nina et Lindor premiered in Paris, lib. C.P. Richelet

25

  • Josepha Barbara Auernhammer born (Vienna) Austrian pianist, composer, librettist. Died 1782

Oct 1758

3

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera L’île de Merlin [the island of Merlin] premiered in Vienna, lib. L. Anseaume

4

  • Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello (c. 68) dies in Stuttgart

7

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s serenata Il sogno di Scipione [The Dream of Scipio] premiered in Warsaw, lib. P. Metastasio

13

  • François-André Danican Philidor’s opera Thémistocle premiered in Fontainebleau, lib. E. Morel de Chédeville

14

  • Princess Wilhelmine of Prussia (49) dies in Bayreuth

18

  • François-André Danican Philidor’s opera L’amitié au village [Friendship Village] premiered in Fontainebleau, lib. P.-J.-B. Choudard

Nov 1758

5

  • Pierre van Maldere’s opera Les Amours champêtres [Loves of the countryside], lib. Charles-Simon Favart, premiered in Vienna

20

  • Johan Helmich Roman (64) dies in Haraldsmåla, Sweden

23

  • Thomas Arne’s masque The Sultan premiered in London

27

  • Senesino (72) dies in Siena, Italy
  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Entbrannter andecht helle Flammen [Unfired devotion bright flames] & serenata Sanfter Balsam, süsser Friede [Gentle balm, sweet peace] premiered in Hamburg

Dec 1758

5

  • Johann Friedrich Fasch (70) dies in Zerbst, Germany

11

  • Carl Friedrich Zelter born (Berlin) German composer, violinist, conductor, teacher. Died 1832

25

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Es jauchzen die Engel [There the angels rejoice] premiered in Hamburg

1758 (date unknown)

  • Harriett Abrams born (Torquay, Devon) English soprano singer, composer. Died 1821

publications

  • CPE Bach’s Geistliche Oden und Lieder (55 songs) published in Leipzig
  • George Frideric Handel’s Warlike Musick published in London
  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s 6 sonatas op.7 for harpsichord published in London
  • Pieter Hellendaal’s Six Concerti Grossi op.3 published in London
  • Johann Stamitz’s 4 symphonies op.4 (and 2 trios) published in Paris

CPE Bach – Geistliche Oden und Lieder aka Gellert Oden (CPO)

Jan 1759

1

  • František Brixi appointed Kapellmeister of St Vitus Cathedral, Prague

13

  • Baldassare Galuppi’s opera Melite riconosciuto [Melite recognized] premiered in Rome, lib. G. Roccaforte

25

  • Robert Burns born (Alloway, Ayrshire) Scottish poet, lyricist. Died 1796

31

  • François Devienne born (Joinville, France) French composer, flautist, bassoonist, teacher. Died 1803

Feb 1759

3

  • Tommaso Traetta’s opera Solimano [Suleiman], lib. Ambrogio Migliavacca, premiered in Parma

7

  • Gian Francesco de Majo’s opera Ricimero, re dei goti [Ricimer king of the Goths] premiered in Parma. Lib. Pietro Pariati & Apostolo Zeno
  • Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny’s opera Les Aveux indiscrets [The indiscreet Confessions], lib. Tasconet de La Ribardière, premiered in Paris

11

  • Niccolò Jommelli’s opera Nitteti premiered in Stuttgart, lib. Pietro Metastasio

19

  • Baldassare Galuppi’s opera La ritornata di Londra [the return to London] premiered in Rome, lib. C. Goldoni

27

  • Johann Carl Friedrich Rellstab born (Berlin) German composer, publisher, writer, critic. Died 1813

Mar 1759

2

  • Johann Christian Friedrich Hæffner born (Oberschönau, Germany) German-Swedish composer, organist, music director. Died 1833

9

  • François-André Danican Philidor’s opera Blaise le savetier [Blaise the cobbler] premiered in Paris, lib. M.-J. Sedaine

19

  • Sebastian Bodinus (c.58) dies in an insane asylum in Pforzheim, Germany

29

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s oratorios Der Messias [the Messiah] & Das befreite Israel [The liberated Israel] premiered in Hamburg

Apr 1759

5

  • Carl Friedrich Abel plays his first London concert in Soho

14

  • George Frideric Handel (74) dies in London

20

  • 3000 people attend the funeral of George Frideric Handel in Westminster Abbey, London

May 1759

9

  • Tommaso Traetta’s opera Ippolito ed Aricia premiered in Parma. Lib. Carlo Innocenzo Frugoni

15

  • Maria Theresia Paradis born (Vienna) Austrian pianist, singer, composer. Blind from childhood. Died 1824

24

  • Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach born (Bückeburg, Germany) German pianist, music director, composer. Son of Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-95), grandson of JS Bach. Died 1845

28

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera Le diable à quatre [the devil at four] premiered in Laxenburg, lib. M.-J. Sedaine and P. Baurans

Jun 1759

22

  • Louis de Cahusac (53) dies in Paris

Jul 1759

10

  • Sophia Maria Westenholz, née Fritscher born (Neubrandenburg, Germany) German composer, pianist, teacher, singer. Died 1838

19

  • Marianna Auenbrugger born (Vienna) Austrian pianist, composer, librettist. Died 1782

25

  • Johann Christoph Altnickol (39) dies in Naumberg, Germany

Aug 1759

8

  • Carl Heinrich Graun (55) dies in Berlin

13

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck’s ballet Les amours de Flore et Zéphire [The loves of Flora and Zephyr] premiered in Vienna

30

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s oratorio Herr, unser Gott! [Lord our God] & serenata Wir dienen der Freiheit [We serve freedom] premiered in Hamburg

Sep 1759

17

  • François-André Danican Philidor’s opera L’huître et les plaideurs [The oyster and the litigants] premiered in Paris, lib. M.-J. Sedaine

24

  • Egidio Duni’s opera La Veuve indécise [the indecisive widow] premiered in Paris, lib. L. Anseaume

Oct 1759

3

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera L’arbre enchanté [the enchanted tree], lib. Pierre-Louis Moline, premiered in Vienna

10

  • Thomas Arne’s setting of The Beggar’s Opera premiered in London, lib. John Gay

11

  • François-Joseph Gossec marries Marie-Elizabeth Georges in Paris

18

  • John Wall Callcott born (London) English composer, writer, organist. Died 1821

Nov 1759

4

  • Johann Adolf Hasse’s opera Achille in Sciro premiered in Naples, lib. Pietro Metastasio

5

  • Ignaz Holzbauer’s opera Ippolito ed Aricia premiered in Mannheim, lib. C.I. Frugoni

25

  • Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 1 completed

27

  • Franz Krommer born (Czech Rep) Czech composer, organist, violinist, music director. Died 1831

Dec 1759

25

  • Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata Hier schläft es [Here it sleeps] premiered in Hamburg

26

  • Niccolò Piccinni’s opera Ciro riconosciuto [Cyrus recognised] premiered in Naples, lib. Pietro Metastasio

1759 (date unknown)

  • António Teixeira (c.52) dies in Lisbon
  • Johann Friedrich Agricola appointed music director at the Berlin Opera

publications

  • CPE Bach’s 2 sinfonias published in Nuremberg
  • Baldassare Galuppi’s Sonate per cembalo op.2 (6 sonatas) published in London
  • François Joseph Gossec’s Sei sinfonie a più strumenti op.4 published in Paris
  • Giovanni Battista Sammartini’s Six solos op.8 for flute or violin published in London
  • Johann Stamitz’s 6 sonate da camera op.6 (for violin) published in Paris
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