1785-89

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Jan 1785

3

  • Baldassare Galuppi (78) dies in Venice

10

  • Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi’s operas La finta zingara [The fake gypsy] & Le sventure fortunate [fortunate misfortunes] premiered in Naples, both libs. G. B. Lorenzi
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String quartet K464 completed

12

  • Joseph Haydn’s XII Menuets (with 5 trios) completed
  • Giovanni Paisiello’s opera Antigono premiered in Naples, lib. P. Metastasio

14

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String quartet K465 ‘Dissonance’ completed

17

  • An article appears in the London paper The Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser that describes Joseph Haydn as the “Shakepeare of Music” and urges a visit to England

25

  • André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry’s opera Panurge dans l’île des lanternes [Panurge on the island of lanterns] premiered in Paris, lib. E. Morel de Chédeville

Feb 1785

2

  • Isabella Colbran born (Madrid) Spanish mezzo-soprano singer. Wife of Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868). Died 1845

8

  • Charles Dibdin’s opera Liberty Hall premiered in London. Lib. Dibdin

10

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto no.20 K466 completed

11

  • Joseph Haydn becomes a Freemason in Vienna, but never attends another meeting
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 premiered in Vienna

13

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 18 K456 premiered in Vienna

22

  • Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli’s opera Alsinda premiered in Milan. Lib. Ferdinando Moretti

Mar 1785

5

  • Johann Gottlieb Naumann’s opera Tutto per amore [all for love], lib. Caterino Mazzolà, premiered in Dresden

9

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto no.21 K467 completed

10

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 premiered in Vienna

13

  • William Billings’s anthem I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me, We Will Go Into The House Of Ye Lord premiered in Boston, MA
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s oratorio Davidde penitente [David penitent] K469 premiered in Vienna, lib. L. Da Ponte (completed Mar 11th)

19

  • Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann born (Paris) French composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1853

28

  • Domenico Cimarosa appointed second organist at the Neapolitan royal chapel

publications

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concertos op.4 published in Vienna (K413-415)

Apr 1785

1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Andante for violin K470 completed

2

  • Luigi Cherubini’s opera La finta principessa [the fake princess] premiered in London, lib. F. Livigni

4

  • Bettina von Arnim aka Elisabeth Brentano born (Frankfurt) German writer, composer, singer, illustrator, publisher. Died 1859

14

  • Samuel Wesley’s Violin Concerto in B flat premiered in London

19

  • Alexandre Pierre François Boëly born (Versailles) French composer, organist, pianist, teacher. Died 1858

24

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s cantata Die Maurerfreude [The masons’ joy] K471 premiered in Vienna, lib. F. Petran (completed Apr 20th)

25

  • João de Sousa Carvalho’s opera Nettuno ed Eglé [Neptune and Eglé], lib. Gaetano Sertor, premiered in Lisbon
  • Franz Xaver Süssmayr’s opera Die Liebe für den König [The love for the King], lib. Johann Gottlieb Stephanie, premiered in Kremsmünster, Austria

publications

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 6 Haydn Quartets op.10 K387, 421, 428, 458, 464 & 465 published in Vienna

May 1785

5

  • Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli’s opera Ricimero premiered in Venice. Lib. Francesco Silvani

15

  • Karel Blažej Kopřiva (29) dies in Cítoliby, Czech Rep

20

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Fantasie for piano K475 completed

24

  • Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg’s opera Armide premiered in Stuttgart. Lib. Jacopo Durandi

30

  • Ignace Joseph Pleyel’s opera Ifigenia in Aulide premiered in Naples, lib. A. Zeno

publications

  • Muzio Clementi’s 6 Sonatas op.13 for piano published in London

Jun 1785

2

  • Gottfried August Homilius (71) dies in Dresden

22

  • Mathias van den Gheyn (64) dies in Leuven

Jul 1785

9

  • Samuel Arnold’s opera Turk and No Turk premiered in London. Lib. George Colman jr.

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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Maurerische Trauermusik K477 completed

Aug 1785

4

  • Nicolas Dalayrac’s opera L’amant statue [the lover decides], lib. François-George Fouques, premiered in Fontainebleu

18

  • Friedrich Wieck born (Pretzsch, Germany) German piano teacher, voice teacher, music store owner, critic. Father of Clara Schumann (1819-96). Died 1873

Sep 1785

5

  • Thomas Adams born (London) English composer, organist. Died 1858

25

  • George Pinto born (London) English keyboard player, composer. Died 1806

publications

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Haydn” string quartets (K387, 421, 428, 458, 464, 465) published in Vienna

Oct 1785

6

  • Giovanni Paisiello’s cantata Il ritorno di Perseo [The return of Perseus] premiered in Naples, lib. Luigi Serio

12

  • Antonio Salieri’s opera La grotta di Trofonio [The cave of Trophonius] premiered in Vienna, lib. G.B. Casti

13

  • Jean Schneitzhoeffer born (Toulouse) French composer, teacher, percussionist, pianist. Died 1852
  • François-André Philidor’s opera Thémistocle premiered in Fontainebleu. Lib. Etienne Morel de Chédeville

16

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quartet for piano and string trio K478 completed

18

  • François-André Philidor’s opera L’Amitié au village [Friendship Village], lib. Pierre-Jean-Baptiste Choudard, premiered in Fontainebleu

30

  • Giuseppe Sarti’s opera I finti eredi [The false heirs] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. G. Bertati

Nov 1785

2

  • Niccolò Piccinni’s opera Pénélope premiered in Fontainebleau, lib. J.F. Marmontel

4

  • Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi’s opera Enea e Lavinia premiered in Naples, lib. V. de Stefano or G. Sertor

7

  • Friedrich Kalkbrenner born (Kassel) German composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1849

19

  • Bernard de Bury (65) dies in Versailles

28

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Dite almeno in che mancai [Say at least you missed me] K479 premiered in Vienna, lib. G. Bertati

Dec 1785

6

  • Kitty Clive (74) dies in Twickenham

12

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata for violin and keyboard K481 completed

13

  • Anna Milder aka Pauline Anna Milder-Hauptmann born (Istanbul) Austrian soprano singer. Died 1838

16

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto no.22 K482 completed

23

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 premiered in Vienna (completed Dec 16th)

29

  • Johann Heinrich Rolle (69) dies in Magdeburg

1785 (date unknown)

  • Giovanni Ricordi born (Milan) Italian violinist, publisher. Founder of Casa Ricordi (1808). Died 1853
  • Jean Monnet (82) dies in Paris

publications

  • Carl Friedrich Abel’s 6 Symphonies op.17 published in London
  • CPE Bach’s Clavier-Sonaten und freye Fantasien nebst einigen Rondos für Kenner und Liebhaber V (6 sonatas, rondos and fantasias) published in Leipzig
  • Johann Christian Bach’s Deux quintetts op.22 published in London
  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Three quartets for piano, violin, viola and cello published in Vienna
  • Jean-Baptiste Bréval’s Cello concerto no.3 op.20 & 6 quatuors concertants op.18 published in Paris
  • Luigi Cherubini’s 2 canons and 2 duets published in London
  • Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s 3 symphonies exprimant 3 métamorphoses d’Ovide: Les 4 âges du monde, La chûte de Phaéton, Actéon changé en cerf published in Vienna
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto K175 op.7 published in Vienna
  • Daniel Read’s The American Singing Book published in New Haven, CT
  • Johann Abraham Peter Schulz’s song collection Lieder im Volkston II published
  • Carl Stamitz’s op.16 – 6 trio sonatas for flute and violin, or 2 violins, and cello & op.34 – 6 duos for violin and viola published in London
  • Carl Stamitz’s op.27 – 6 duos for violin and flute published in Den Haag
  • Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel’s op.18 – 3 sonatas for keyboard and violin & op.19 – 6 sonatas for keyboard and violin published in Mainz
  • Johann Baptist Vanhal’s keyboard sonatas op.32 & 6 string quartets op.33 published in Vienna

Johann Abraham Peter Schulz 1747-1800

Jan 1786

3

  • Friedrich Schneider born (Alt-Waltersdorf, Germany) German composer, conductor, organist, teacher. Died 1853

4

  • Vicente Martín y Soler’s opera Il burbero di buon cuore [the kindhearted grump] premiered in Vienna, lib. L. da Ponte
  • Antonio Sacchini’s opera Oedipe à Colone [Oedipus at Colonus] premiered in Versailles, lib. N.-F. Guillard

10

  • Elisabeth Wendling (39) dies in Munich
  • CPE Bach’s Funeral Music for A. Schulte premiered in Hamburg
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Rondo for piano KV485 completed

14

  • Michael Arne (45) dies in London

19

  • Johann Gottlieb Naumann’s opera Gustaf Wasa premiered in Stockholm. Lib. Johan Henrik Kellgren

20

  • Giovanni Paisiello’s opera Olimpiade premiered in Naples. Lib Pietro Metastasio

21

  • Luigi Boccherini appointed compositeur de notre chambre to Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia, but continues living in Madrid

26

  • Giuseppe Sarti’s opera Armida e Rinaldo premiered in St Petersburg, lib. M. Coltellini

29

  • Marie-Julie Boulanger née Marie-Julie Halligner born (Paris) French mezzo-soprano singer. Mother of Ernest Boulanger (1815-1900), grandmother of Nadia (1887-1979) and Lili (1893-1918) Boulanger. Died 1850

31

  • Johann Gottlieb Naumann’s opera Orpheus og Eurydike [Orpheus and Euridice], lib. xx, premiered in Copenhagen

Feb 1786

7

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Der Schauspieldirektor [The Impresario] K486 premiered in Vienna, lib. G. Stephanie the younger
  • Antonio Salieri’s opera Prima la musica e poi le parole [The music first and then the words] premiered in Vienna, lib. G.B. Casti

19

  • Franz Xaver Süssmayr’s opera Die Drillinge [the triplets], lib. R. Bonin and B. Planck, premiered in Kremsmünster, Austria

20

  • Vincenzo Fabrizi’s opera La sposa invisibile [the invisible wife], lib. unknown, premiered in Rome

Mar 1786

2

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto no.23 K488 completed

3

  • Marie Bigot née Kiéné born (Colmar, France) French pianist, teacher, composer. Died 1820

7

  • Franz Benda (76) dies in Potsdam

15

  • André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry’s opera Amphitryon premiered in Versailles, lib. M.-J. Sedaine

24

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto no.24 K491 completed

30

  • Luigi Cherubini’s opera Il Giulio Sabino [Julius Sabinus] premiered in London, lib. P. Giovanni

publications

  • Muzio Clementi’s 3 Duets op.14 for piano, four hands & 3 Sonatas op.15 for piano and violin published in London

Apr 1786

7

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 premiered in Vienna  at his last ever concert at the Burgtheater (completed Mar 24th)

8

  • Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s oratorio Giob [Job] premiered in Vienna

10

  • Henri-Joseph Rigel’s opera Les Amours du Gros-Cailloux [The Loves of the Big Cailloux], lib. Charles-Jacob Guillemain, premiered in Paris

13

  • Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli’s opera Antigono premiered in Mantova. Lib. Pietro Metastasio

18

  • Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee born (Lucerne, Switzerland) Swiss composer, glass harmonica player. Died 1868

19

  • Vasily Pashkevich’s opera Fevey premiered in St Petersburg. Lib. Catherine II of Russia

22

  • Luigi Antonio Sabbatini appointed maestro di cappella at the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua

publications

  • Ignaz Pleyel’s Six String Quartets B319-324 published in Vienna

May 1786

1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Le nozze di Figaro [the marriage of Figaro] K492 premiered in Vienna, lib. L. Da Ponte

13

  • The first half of Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s Twelve Symphonies on Ovid’s Metamorphoses premiered in Vienna

15

  • Nicolas Dalayrac’s opera Nina premiered in Paris. Lib. Benoît-Joseph Marsollier des Vivetières

19

  • John Stanley (74) dies in London

20

  • The second half of Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s Twelve Symphonies on Ovid’s Metamorphoses premiered in Vienna

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  • William Parsons appointed Master of the King’s Music succeeding John Stanley

publications

  • Charles Frederick Horn’s Six Sonatas for the Piano, Violin, and Violincello op.1 published in London

Jun 1786

3

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quartet for piano and string trio K493 completed

12

  • Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi’s opera L’inganno amoroso [The deception of love] premiered in Naples, lib. G. Palomba

21

  • Charles Edward Horn born (London) English composer, tenor singer. Son of Charles Frederick Horn (1762-1830). Died 1849

26

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Horn Concerto K495 completed

30

  • Giovanni Paisello’s cantata Amore vendicato [love vindicated] premiered in Naples

Jul 1786

8

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Trio for piano, violin and cello K496 completed

11

  • Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s opera Der Apotheker und der Doktor [the chemist and the doctor] premiered in Vienna, lib. G. Stephanie

14

  • François Joseph Gossec’s opera Rosine premiered in Paris, lib. N. Gersin

29

  • Franz Asplmayr (58) dies in Vienna
  • André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry’s opera Le mariage d’Antonio [the marriage of Antonio], lib. xx, premiered in Paris
  • Ignaz Pleyel sets up his own publishing company to combat pirated editions of his work

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  • Luigi Cherubini leaves London for Paris

publications

  • Robert Burns’s Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect published in Kilmarnock
  • Muzio Clementi’s La chasse op.16 for harpsichord or piano published in London

Aug 1786

1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Keyboard duet K497 completed

5

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Trio for piano, clarinet and viola K498 completed

6

  • Franz Xaver Süssmayr’s opera Der Bürgermeister [the mayor], lib. Alois Friedrich von Brühl and B. Planck, premiered in Kremsmünster, Austria

9

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Trio for piano, clarinet and viola K498 premiered in Vienna

19

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String quartet K499 ‘Hoffmeister’ completed

Sep 1786

6

  • Karl von Ordóñez (52) dies in Vienna of tuberculosis

11

  • Friedrich Kuhlau born (Hamburg) German composer, pianist, flautist. Died 1832

12

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 12 Variations for keyboard K500 completed

18

  • Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (75) dies in Turin

27

  • José Mariano Elízaga born (Morelia, Mexico) Mexican composer, theorist, keyboard player, teacher. Died 1842

Oct 1786

3

  • Carl Almenräder born (Wuppertal, Germany) German bassoonist, composer, bassoon maker. Died 1846
  • Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s opera Der Betrug durch Aberglauben [fraud by superstition] premiered in Vienna, lib. F. Eberl
  • Giuseppe Sarti’s opera Castore e Polluce [Castor and Pollux] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. F. Moretti

6

  • Antonio Maria Gaspare Sacchini (56) dies in Paris

17

  • Nicolas Dalayrac’s opera Azémia premiered in Fontainebleau. lib. Auguste Étienne Xavier Poisson de Lachabeaussière

21

  • Henri-Joseph Rigel’s opera L’Entrée du Seigneur [The Entrance of the Lord], lib. Lebas, premiered in Paris

22

  • Dmitry Bortniansky’s opera Le Faucon [the falcon], lib. François-Herman Lafermière, premiered in Gatchina, Russia

Nov 1786

7

  • André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry’s opera Les méprises par ressemblance [Misunderstandings by resemblance] premiered in Fontainebleau, lib. J. Patrat
  • The Stoughton Musical Society founded in Stoughton, MA, the United States’ oldest choral society

10

  • Carl Eberwein born (Weimar) German composer, violinist. Died 1868

13

  • André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry’s opera Le comte d’Albert [Count Albert] premiered in Fontainebleau, lib. M.-J. Sedaine

14

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 5 Variations for keyboard 4 hands K501 completed

17

  • Vicente Martín y Soler’s opera Una cosa rara [a rare thing] premiered in Vienna, lib. L. da Ponte

18

  • Henry Bishop born (London) English composer, songwriter, conductor. Wrote more than 120 stage works. Died 1855
  • Carl Maria von Weber born (Eutin, Germany) German composer, conductor, pianist, writer, critic. One of the earliest significant Romantic composers. Died 1826
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Trio for piano, violin and cello K502 completed

Dec 1786

2

  • Antonio Salieri’s opera Les Horaces premiered in Versailles, lib. N.F. Guillard

4

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto no.25 K503 completed

6

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony no.38 K504 ‘Prague’ completed

7

  • Domenico Cimarosa’s opera Le trame deluse [The plots are dashed] premiered in Naples, lib. G.M. Diodati

12

  • Yevstigney Fomin’s opera Novgorodskiy bogatyr’ Boyeslayevich [The Novgorod Hero Boyeslayevich], lib. Catherine II of Russia, premiered in St Petersburg

20

  • Pietro Raimondi born (Rome) Italian composer of operas and sacred music. Died 1853

23

  • Antoine-Frédéric Gresnick’s opera Alceste premiered in London. Lib. Carlo Francesco Badini

25

  • Christoph Sonnleithner (52) dies in Vienna

26

  • Vincenzo Fabrizi’s opera L’amore per interesse [The love interest], lib. Filippo Livigni, premiered in Parma

27

  • Stephen Storace’s opera Gli equivoci [misunderstandings], lib. Lorenzo Da Ponte after Shakespeare, premiered in Vienna

1786 (date unknown)

  • Jean-François Le Sueur appointed music director of Notre Dame, Paris

publications

  • Luigi Boccherini’s 3 Symphonies Op. 37, G 515, 517, 518 published
  • Jean-Baptiste Bréval’s Cello concertos no.4 op.22, no.5 op.24 & no.6 op.26 published in Paris
  • Joseph Haydn’s Quartetto (String Quartet no.35) published
  • Carl Stamitz’s op.23 – 6 duos for violin and viola; op.24 – 3 symphonies & op.28 – 12 sérénades for wind and brass published in Den Haag
  • Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel’s op.11 – 4 symphonies published in Paris

Jean-François Le Sueur 1760-1837

Jan 1787

12

  • Giovanni Paisiello’s opera Pirro premiered in Naples, lib. G. De Gamerra
  • Georg Joseph Vogler’s opera Castore e Polluce [Castor and Pollux] premiered in Munich, lib. C.I. Frugoni

13

  • Yevstigney Fomin’s opera Yamshchiki na podstave [The Coachmen at the Relay Station], lib. Nicolai L’vov, premiered in St Petersburg

19

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No.38 “Prague Symphony” premiered in Vienna (completed Dec 6th 1786)

24

  • Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s opera Democrito corretto [Democritus corrected] premiered in Vienna, lib. G. Brunati

27

  • Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli’s opera Ifigenia in Aulide premiered in Milan. Lib. Ferdinando Moretti

30

  • Vincenzo Fabrizi’s opera La nobiltà villana [the noble peasant], lib. anonymous, premiered in Rome

Feb 1787

3

  • Jan Stefani’s opera Król w kraju rozkoszy [The king of country bliss], lib. Franciszek Zabloki, premiered in Warsaw

4

  • Franz Xaver Süssmayr’s opera Die gar zu strenge Kinderzucht [Children of too strict discipline], lib. F.X. Jann and B. Planck, premiered in Kremsmünster, Austria

5

  • Giuseppe Gazzaniga’s opera Don Giovanni Tenorio, lib. Giovanni Bertati, premiered in Venice

6

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Ländler (6) K509 completed

21

  • Antonio Rodríguez de Hita (67) dies in Madrid

Mar 1787

2

  • Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg’s opera Zalaor premiered in Stuttgart. Lib. de la Veaux

4

  • Georg Benda’s opera Das tartarische Gesetz [The Tatar Law], lib. Friedrich Wilhelm Gotter, premiered in Mannheim

11

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Rondo for piano K511 completed

14

  • Michael Haydn’s opera Andromeda e Perseo [Andromeda and Perseus], lib. Giambattista Verasco, premiered in Salzburg

17

  • Vicente Martín y Soler’s cantata Il sogno premiered in Vienna, lib. L. da Ponte

20

  • Ludwig van Beethoven sets out for Vienna for the first time

21

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s aria Alcandro, lo confesso…Non sò d’onde viene [Alcandro, I confess … I do not know whence it cometh] premiered in Vienna

23

  • Lucille Grétry’s opera Toinette et Louis premiered in Paris. Lib. Patrat

26

  • Joseph Haydn’s A Musica instrumentale sopra le 7 ultime parole del nostro Redentore in croce aka The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross premiered in Vienna

publications

  • Muzio Clementi’s Capriccio in B op.17 for harpsichord or piano published in London

Apr 1787

7

  • Ludwig van Beethoven arrives in Vienna for the first time, aged 16

12

  • Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s opera Die Liebe im Narrenhause [love in the madhouse] premiered in Vienna, lib. G. Stephanie

19

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String quintet K515 completed

23

  • John Freckleton Burrowes born (London) English organist, composer, writer. Died 1852

publications

  • Muzio Clementi’s 2 symphonies op.18 published in London

May 1787

5

  • Giovanni Paisiello’s Cantata fatta in occasione della transalazione del sangue di S. Gennaro [Cantata made ​​on the occasion of the transfiguration of the blood of S. Gennaro] premiered in Naples

16

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String Quintet in C Major K516 completed

21

  • Carl Friedrich Abel plays his final concert in London

28

  • Leopold Mozart (67) dies in Salzburg

29

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata for piano 4 hands K521 completed

30

  • Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi’s opera Laconte premiered in Naples, lib. G. Pagliuca

Jun 1787

2

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 6 German Dances KV509 completed

8

  • Antonio Salieri’s opera Tarare premiered in Paris, lib. P.-A. Beaumarchais

14

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Ein musikalischer Spass [musical fun] K522 for 2 horns, 2 violins, viola and bass completed

15

  • Henri-Joseph Rigel’s opera Lucas et Babet premiered in Paris. Lib. Jean-Louis de Salins Gabiot

17

  • François Joseph Gossec’s opera Le pied de boeuf [the foot of beef] premiered in Paris, lib. M. Gardel

20

  • Carl Friedrich Abel (63) dies in London, probably alcohol related

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  • Ignazio Fiorillo (72) dies in Fritzlar, Germany

Jul 1787

19

  • Nicolas Dalayrac’s opera Renaud d’Ast, lib. Pierre-Yvon Barré and Jean-Baptiste Radet, premiered in Paris

25

  • João de Sousa Carvalho’s opera Alcione premiered in Lisbon. Lib. Gaetano Martinelli

publications

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quartet for piano and string trio op.13 K493 published in Vienna

Aug 1787

4

  • Samuel Arnold’s opera Inkle and Yarico premiered in London. Lib. George Colman jr

5

  • François Francoeur (88) dies in Paris

10

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik K525 completed

15

  • Alexander Alyabyev born (Tobolsk, Russia) Russian composer, soldier. Died 1851

24

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata for violin and keyboard K526 completed

publications

  • Muzio Clementi’s Musical Characteristics, or A Collection of Preludes and Cadences … Composed in the Style of Haydn, Kozeluch, Mozart, Sterkel, Vanhal and the Author op.19 for harpsichord or piano published in London

Sep 1787

8

  • Giovanni Paisiello’s opera Giunone Lucina premiered in Naples, lib. C. Sernicola

18

  • François-André Danican Philidor’s opera La belle esclave [the beautiful slave] premiered in Paris, lib. A.J. Dumaniant

Oct 1787

1

  • Vicente Martín y Soler’s opera L’arbore di Diana [The tree of Diana] premiered in Vienna, lib. L. da Ponte

21

  • Johann Gottlieb Naumann’s opera La reggia d’Imeneo [The palace of Hymen], lib. Giovanni Ambrogio Migliavacca, premiered in Dresden

22

  • Dmitry Bortniansky’s opera Le Fils-rival [the rival brothers], lib. François-Herman Lafermière, premiered in Pavlovsk, Russia

29

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Il dissoluto punito, ossia Il Don Giovanni [The dissolute punished, or Don Giovanni] K527 premiered in Prague, lib. L. Da Ponte
  • Giovanni Paisiello appointed maestro della real camera to the Neapolitan court
Mozart 1756-1791

Mozart 1756-1791

Nov 1787

15

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck (73) dies in Vienna following a stroke

17

  • Michele Carafa aka Michele Enrico Carafa di Colobrano born (Naples) Italian opera composer. Died 1872

23

  • Anton Schweitzer (52) dies in Gotha

25

  • Franz Gruber born (Arnsdorf, Austria) Austrian composer, organist, teacher. Co-author of carol Silent Night with Josef Mohr. Died 1863

Dec 1787

3

  • Domenico Cimarosa arrives in St Petersburg to take up his post as maestro di cappella at the court of Catherine II

4

  • Johan Fredrik Berwald born (Stockholm) Swedish violinist, composer, conductor. Died 1861

7

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart succeeds Christoph Willibald Gluck  as Imperial and Royal Chamber Composer in Vienna

9

  • Bernhard Joachim Hagen (67) dies in Ansbach

26

  • André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry’s opera Le prisonnier anglais [the English prisoner] premiered in Paris, lib. Desfontaines

28

  • Carlo Monza appointed maestro di cappella at Milan Cathedral

publications

  • Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No.83 & 6 Quartetti (String Quartets nos 36 to 41 ‘Prussian Quartets’) published in Vienna

1787 (date unknown)

  • Luigi Cherubini moves to Paris

publications

  • CPE Bach’s Clavier-Sonaten und freye Fantasien nebst einigen Rondos für Kenner und Liebhaber VI (6 sonatas, rondos and fantasias) published in Leipzig
  • Luigi Boccherini’s String Quartet in A Major op.39 published in Vienna
  • Jean-Baptiste Bréval’s 6 cello sonatas op.28 published in Paris
  • Muzio Clementi’s Sonata in C op.20 for harpsichord or piano published in London
  • James Johnson’s Scots Musical Museum published in Edinburgh, the first of six volumes (to 1803)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Keyboard duet op.12 (K521) published in Vienna
  • Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s children’s song collection Lieder für Kinder aus Campes Kinderbibliothek III published in Wolfenbüttel
  • Carl Stamitz’s op.25 – 3 symphonies published in Den Haag
  • Giovanni Battista Viotti’s Ie symphonie concertante published in Paris

Title page of James Johnson’s Scots Musical Museum vol.1

Jan 1788

1

  • Giovanni Paisiello’s opera Fedra premiered in Naples, lib. L.B. Salvioni

3

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 15 completed

8

  • Antonio Salieri’s opera Axur re d’Ormus [Axur king of Ormus] premiered in Vienna, lib. L. da Ponte

11

  • Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s opera Andromeda premiered in Berlin, lib. A. de’ Filistri da Caramondani

12

  • Luigi Cherubini’s opera Ifigenia in Aulide premiered in Turin, lib. F. Moretti

14

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Contredanses (1) K534 completed

15

  • Gaetano Latilla (77) dies in Naples

22

  • Ignaz Pleyel marries Franziska Ignatia Gabrielle Lefebvre in Strasbourg

23

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Contredanses (1) K535 completed

24

  • Georg Joseph Vogler’s opera Gustaf Adolph och Ebba Brahe premiered in Stockholm, lib. J.H. Kellgren

27

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Ländler (6) K536 completed

Feb 1788

10

  • Johann Peter Pixis born (Mannheim) German composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1874

24

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto no.26 K537 ‘Coronation’ completed

Mar 1788

1

  • Antonio Salieri appointed Hofkapellmeister for Emperor Joseph II in Vienna, a post he holds until 1824

19

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Adagio for piano KV540 completed

29

  • Charles Wesley (80) dies in London

Apr 1788

12

  • Carlo Antonio Campioni (67) dies in Florence
  • Carl Joseph Toeschi (56) dies in Munich

15

  • Giuseppe Bonno (77) dies in Vienna
  • Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi’s opera La pastorella nobile [the noble shepherdess] premiered in Naples, lib. F. S. Zini

29

  • Antonio Sacchini’s opera Arvire et Evelina premiered in Paris (completed by J.-B. Rey), lib. N.-F. Guillard

May 1788

14

  • Nicolas Dalayrac’s opera Sargines premiered in Paris. Lib. Jacques-Marie Boutet de Monvel

Jun 1788

10

  • Franz Xaver Süssmayr’s opera Nicht mehr als sechs Schüsseln [No more than six bowls], lib. B. Wallner, premiered in Kremsmünster, Austria

13

  • Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg’s opera Tamira premiered in Stuttgart. Lib. Johann Ludwig Leopold Huber

22

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Trio for piano, violin and cello K542 completed

25

  • Henri-Joseph Rigel’s opera Estelle et Némorin premiered in Paris. Lib. Jean-Gabiot Louis de Salins

26

  • André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry’s opera Le rival confident premiered in Paris, lib. N.J. Forgeot
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony no.39 K543 & Adagio and Fugue for string quartet K546 completed

28

  • Johann Vogel (32) dies in Paris

Jul 1788

2

  • Michael Haydn’s one act opera Die Ahrenleserin [The Ahren reader], lib. Christian Felix Weisse, premiered in Salzburg

10

  • Domenico Cimarosa’s cantata Atene edificata [Athens built] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. F. Moretti
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata for violin and keyboard K547 completed

14

  • Johann Gottfried Müthel (60) dies in Riga
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Trio for piano, violin and cello K548 completed

25

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony no.40 K550 completed

Aug 1788

9

  • Henri-Joseph Rigel’s opera Aline et Zamorin premiered in Paris. Lib. Louis Hurtaut Dancourt

10

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony no.41 K551 ‘Jupiter’ completed

20

  • José Bernardo Alcedo born (Lima) Peruvian composer, soldier, bandmaster, choirmaster. Died 1878

23

  • Stephen Storace marries Mary Hall in London

26

  • Aloys Schmitt born (Erlenbach am Main, Germany) German composer, teacher, pianist. Died 1866

Sep 1788

10

  • Antonio Salieri’s opera Il talismano [the talisman], lib. Lorenzo Da Ponte, premiered in Vienna

27

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String trio K563 completed

publications

  • Muzio Clementi’s 3 Sonatas op.21 for piano or harpsichord, flute and cello published in London
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Trio for piano, clarinet and viola op.14 K498 published in Vienna

Oct 1788

11

  • Simon Sechter born (Frymburk, Czech Rep) Austrian composer, conductor, music theorist, teacher, organist. Died 1867

16

  • Johann Gottlieb Naumann’s opera Medea in Colchide premiered in Berlin. Lib. Antonio Filistri de’ Caramondani

27

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Trio for piano, violin and cello K564 completed

30

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Contredanses (2) K565 completed

Nov 1788

6

  • Giuseppe Donizetti born (Bergamo) Italian bandmaster. Instructor General of the Imperial Ottoman Music in Istanbul from 1828. Brother of Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848). Died 1856

12

  • François-André Danican Philidor’s opera Le mari comme il les faudrait tous [Husband the way he should all be] premiered in Paris, lib. de Senne

14

  • Joseph Weigl’s opera Il pazzo per forza [crazy strength], lib. Caterino Mazzola, premiered in Vienna

publications

  • Muzio Clementi’s 3 Sonatas op.22 for piano or harpsichord, flute and cello published in London
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 3 Trios for piano, violin and cello op.15 (K502,542,548) published in Vienna

Dec 1788

2

  • Luigi Cherubini’s opera Démophon premiered in Paris, lib. J.F. Marmontel

6

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Ländler (6) K567 completed

12

  • Joseph Gibbs (89) dies in Ipswich

14

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (74) dies in Hamburg of a “chest ailment”

17

  • Samuel Wesley becomes a freemason in London

24

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Minuets (12) K568 completed

26

  • Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi’s opera Arsace premiered in Venice, lib. G. De Gamerra

27

  • Giuseppe Sarti’s opera Cleomene premiered in Bologna, lib. G. De Gamerra

1788 (date unknown)

publications

  • Luigi Boccherini’s Violin Sonatas op.5 published in Vienna
  • Luigi Cherubini’s 18 romances for voice and piano or harpsichord published in Paris
  • Etienne-Nicolas Méhul’s 3 sonates op.2 for keyboard and violin published in Paris
  • Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s song collection Deutsche Gesänge published in Leipzig
  • Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel’s op.26 – 3 piano concertos published in Mainz
  • Johann Baptist Vanhal’s concerto for harpsichord op.18 published in Offenbach
  • Giovanni Battista Viotti’s IIe symphonie concertante published in Paris
  • Giovanni Battista Viotti’s 6 sonates 1er livre op.4 for violin (nos 1-6) & 3 airs connus et variés for violin (nos 16-18) published in Paris (approx date)

Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel 1750-1817

Jan 1789

14

  • Nicolas Dalayrac’s opera Les deux petits savoyards [The two little Savoyards], lib. Benoît-Joseph Marsollier des Vivetières, premiered in Paris

26

  • Johann Gottlieb Naumann’s opera Protesilao premiered in Berlin. Lib. Gaetano Sertor
  • Léonard-Alexis Autier and Giovanni Battista Viotti found the Théâtre de Monsieur opera house (now Théâtre Feydeau) in Paris

28

  • Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi’s opera Rinaldo premiered in Venice, lib. G. Foppa

Feb 1789

1

  • Hippolyte André Jean Baptiste Chélard born (Paris) French composer, violist, conductor. Died 1861

2

  • Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer born (Potsdam) German composer, conductor, violinist. Died 1878
  • Armand-Louis Couperin (61) dies in Paris in a traffic accident

5

  • Giovanni Paisiello’s opera Catone in Utica premiered in Naples, lib. P. Metastasio

7

  • Giuseppe Giordani’s opera La disfatta di Dario [The defeat of Darius], lib. Nicola Giuseppe Morbilli Di Sant’Angelo, premiered in Milan

9

  • Vicente Martín y Soler’s musical play Gorebogatïr′ Kosometovich (The Sorrowful Hero Kosometovich) premiered in St Petersburg, lib. Catherine II and A.V. Khrapovitsky

11

  • Giovanni Paisiello’s Requiem in C minor premiered in Naples
  • Antonio Salieri’s opera Il pastor fido [the good shepherd] premiered in Vienna, lib. L. da Ponte

15

  • Friedrich Ernst Fesca born (Magdeburg) German composer, violinist. Died 1826

21

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Ländler (6) K571 completed

unk

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano sonata K570 completed

Mar 1789

1

  • Vasily Aleksejevich Pashkevich appointed conductor and dancemaster at the Court of St. Petersburg

2

  • André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry’s opera Raoul Barbe-bleue [Raoul Bluebeard] premiered in Paris, lib. M.-J. Sedaine

17

  • André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry’s opera Aspasie premiered in Paris, lib. E. Morel de Chédeville

19

  • Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli’s opera Artaserse premiered in Trieste. Lib. Pietro Metastasio

Apr 1789

13

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String Trio K563 premiered in Dresden

14

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 K537 premiered in Dresden

29

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 9 Variations for keyboard KV573 “Duport Variationen” completed

May 1789

1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Little Gigue for keyboard KV574 completed

16

  • Johann Nepomuk Schelble born (Huffingn, Germany) German composer, tenor singer. Died 1837

18

  • Henri-Joseph Rigel’s opera Le Bon fermier [The Good Farmer], lib. Étienne-Joseph Bernard Delrieu or Jean-Louis Gabiot de Salins, premiered in Paris

21

  • John Hawkins (70) dies in London

27

  • Maciej Kamieński’s opera Tradycja dowcipem zalatwiona [Tradition settled wit], lib. Franciszek Zabloki, premiered in Warsaw

30

  • Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi’s opera Ademira premiered in Naples, lib. F. Moretti

Jun 1789

4

  • William Crotch’s oratorio The Captivity of Judah premiered in Cambridge

7

  • Václav Jan Kopřiva (81) dies in Citoliby, Czech Republic

13

  • Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi’s opera Gl’inganni delusi [disappointed with deceits] premiered in Naples, lib. G. Palomba

14

  • Johann Wilhelm Hertel (61) dies in Schwerin

17

  • The King’s Theatre in London is destroyed by fire

24

  • João de Sousa Carvalho’s opera Numa Pompilio II rè dei romani [Numa Pompilius II king of the Romans], lib. Gaetano Martinelli, premiered in Lisbon

25

  • Giovanni Paisiello’s opera Nina premiered in Caserta, lib. G. Carpani

27

  • Friedrich Silcher born (Weinstadt, Germany) German composer, arranger, folk song collector. Died 1860

unk

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String quartet K575 ‘Prussian’ completed

Jul 1789

1

  • Jean Dauberval & composers unknown’s ballet La Fille Mal Gardée [the bad girl kept] premiered in Paris
  • Franz Xaver Süssmayr’s opera Die väterliche Rache [paternal vengeance], lib. F. X. Jann and B. Planck, premiered in Kremsmünster, Austria

7

  • Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s opera Hieronymus Knicker premiered in Vienna, lib. Dittersdorf

15

  • Jacques Duphly (74) dies in Paris

27

  • William Savage (c.69) dies in London

29

  • Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s opera Claudine von Villa Bella premiered in Charlottenburg castle, lib. J.W. von Goethe

unk

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano sonata K576 completed

Aug 1789

9

  • Nicolas Bochsa born (Montmedy, France) French composer, harpist. Died 1856

Sep 1789

2

  • Franz Xaver Gerl marries soprano Barbara Reisinger in Vienna

11

  • Luka Sorkočević (55) commits suicide in Dubrovnik

12

  • Franz Xaver Richter (79) dies in Strasbourg

13

  • Ignaz Pleyel succeeds Franz Xaver Richter as organist at Strasbourg cathedral

29

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quintet for clarinet and strings K581 completed
Domenico Cimarosa 1749-1801

Domenico Cimarosa 1749-1801

Oct 1789

6

  • Cecilia Young (77) dies in London

8

  • Domenico Cimarosa’s opera La Cleopatra premiered in St Petersburg, lib. F. Moretti

16

  • Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s opera Brenno premiered in Berlin, lib. A. de’ Filistri da Caramondani

18

  • Giovanni Tadolini born (Bologna) Italian composer, singing teacher. Died 1872

24

  • Ramón Carnicer born (Taraga, Spain) Catalan composer, conductor. Composer of the Chilean National Anthem. Died 1855

31

  • Nicolas Dalayrac’s opera Raoul sire de Créqui [Raoul lord of Crequi], lib. Jacques-Marie Boutet de Monvel, premiered in Paris

Nov 1789

4

  • Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi’s opera Alessandro nell’Indie [Alexander in India] premiered in Naples, lib. P. Metastasio

6

  • Domenico Cimarosa’s opera La vergine del sole [The virgin of the sun] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. F. Moretti

21

  • Giovanni Paisiello’s opera I zingari in fiera [Gypsies at the fair] premiered in Naples, lib. G. Palomba

24

  • Stephen Storace’s opera The Haunted Tower premiered in London. Lib. James Cobb

Dec 1789

11

  • Antonio Salieri’s opera La cifra [the figure] premiered in Vienna, lib. L. da Ponte

14

  • Maria Agata Szymanowska born (Warsaw) Polish composer, pianist, teacher. Died 1831

22

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quintet for clarinet and strings K581 premiered in Vienna (completed Sep 29th)

unk

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Minuets (12) K585; Ländler (12) K586 & Contredanses (1) K587 completed

1789 (date unknown)

  • Louis Archimbaud (c.84) dies in Paris

publications

  • CPE Bach’s Neue Lieder-Melodien nebst einer Cantate (21 songs) published in Lübeck
  • Joseph Haydn’s 6 Quatuors (String Quartets nos 42 to 47 ‘Tost Quartets’ – first series) published
  • Johann Christoph Kellner’s 31 neue Orgelstücke op.17 published in Speyer
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto K453 op.9 published in Speyer
  • Carl Stamitz’s op.26 – 12 sérénades for keyboard published in Den Haag
  • Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel’s op.30 – 3 piano trios published in Vienna
  • Giovanni Battista Viotti’s 6 grands duos, 1er livre for 2 violins (nos 1-6) published in Paris

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