Composers in History

Events in Music

  • 1527-12-12 Composer Adrian Willaert moves from Milan to Venice

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1803-04-05 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 2nd Symphony in D, conducted by the composer, in Vienna

  • 1805-04-07 Premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Eroica", in Vienna, conducted by the composer
  • 1808-12-22 Beethoven's Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6, Choral Fantasy and Piano Concerto No. 4 (featuring the composer as soloist) premiere at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1821-12-28 Composer Gioachino Rossini moves to Bologna

Music concertMusic Concert

1831-10-17 Felix Mendelssohn's 1st Piano concert in G, premieres in Munich, with the composer as soloist

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn

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1854-02-27 German composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine River

Composer Robert Schumann
Composer
Robert Schumann

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1909-02-12 Symphony in B minor "Polonia", by polish composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski has its public premiere with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • 1909-11-28 Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, one of the genres most difficult, premieres at the New Theatre in New York City, with the composer as soloist and the New York Symphony Society conducted by Walter Damrosch
  • 1911-02-05 Society of Dutch Composers forms in Amsterdam
  • 1914-02-13 American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) founded at Hotel Claridge in NYC
  • 1919-01-18 Composer and musician Ignacy Jan Paderewski becomes Polish Prime Minister
  • 1924-06-09 "Jelly-Roll Blues" is recorded by jazz pioneer pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton

  • 1938-04-08 Walter Piston's 1st Symphony in E, premieres in Boston, by the Boston Symphony, conducted by the composer

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1941-03-16 Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Shostakovich receives the Stalin Prize

  • 1942-07-20 Time puts Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich on its cover
  • 1942-10-23 All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is composer Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory")
  • 1955-01-14 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 8th Symphony premieres by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by the composer, in Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • 1957-04-04 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony premieres French Radio National Orchestra, conducted by the composer, in Paris
  • 1965-04-26 Charles Ives' 4th Symphony premieres at Carnegie Hall, New York, 11 years after the composer's death
  • 1970-04-13 Greek composer and counter-revolutionist Mikis Theordorakis freed from Oropos concentration camp, and allowed to be exiled to France
  • 1972-03-05 Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party
  • 1973-05-26 British composer Michael Tippett's 3rd Piano Sonata premieres
  • 1975-08-14 Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich is buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow
  • 1978-09-20 Musical review "Eubie!", based on the songs of composer Eubie Blake, opens at Ambassador Theater, New York City
  • 1979-10-07 Musical review "Eubie!", based on the songs of composer Eubie Blake, closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 439 performances

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2010-11-10 Alan Menken, famous Disney composer, receives the 2,442nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Disney Composer Alan Menken
Disney Composer
Alan Menken

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2015-04-17 Jazz composer and musician John Coltrane is awarded a posthumous Special Citation by the Pulitzer Prize board

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 2019-12-08 Vienna State Opera stages its first show by a female composer in 150 years - Olga Neuwirth’s opera, “Orlando”

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 7,527

  • 1098-09-16 Hildegard of Bingen, German magistra and the first composer whose biography is known, born in Böckelheim, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1179)
  • 1291-10-31 Philippe de Vitry, French composer and poet, born in Paris (d. 1361)
  • 1397-08-05 Guillaume Dufay, Franco-Flemish composer and theorist (d. 1474)
  • 1416-03-27 Antonio Squarcialupi [Giovanni], Italian composer and organist (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, 1432-80), born in Florence (d. 1480)
  • 1451-01-14 Franchinus Gaffurius, Italian music composer, born in Lodi, Italy (d. 1522)
  • 1458-11-22 Jacob Obrecht, Flemish-Dutch composer (d. 1505)
  • 1464-04-23 Robert Fayrfax, English Renaissance composer (Courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII), born in Deeping Gate, Lincolnshire (d. 1521)
  • 1468-06-12 Juan del Encina, Spanish author and composer, born in Encinas, Spain (d. 1529)
  • 1483-10-26 Hans Buchner, German composer, born in Ravensburg (d. 1538)
  • 1484-03-29 Johann Spangenberg, German theologist and composer, born in Hardegsen, Germany (d. 1550)
  • 1486-01-06 Martin Agricola [M Sore], German composer & cantor, born in Świebodzin, Poland (d. 1556)
  • 1490-10-12 Bernardo Pisano, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1548)
  • 1492-03-04 Francesco de Layolle, composer
  • 1494-11-05 Hans Sachs, German composer, playwright, and shoemaker, born in Nürnberg (d. 1576)
  • 1495-03-25 Leonhard Paminger, Austrian composer, poet and theologian, born in Aschach an der Donau (d. 1567)
  • 1502-07-27 Francesco Corteccia, Italian composer, born in Florence (d. 1571)
  • 1505-01-30 Thomas Tallis, English composer, born in Kent, England (d. 1585)
  • 1509-12-03 Kanaka Dasa, Indian musician and composer of Carnatic music, born in Baada, Vijayanagara Empire (now Karnataka, India) (d. 1609)
  • 1513-02-14 Domenico Maria Ferrabosco, Italian composer & singer of the Renaissance, born in Bologna (d. 1574)
  • 1515-03-12 Caspar Othmayr, German composer and Lutheran pastor, born in Amberg (d. 1553)
  • 1517-01-17 Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of Johannes), born in Bergamo, Republic of Venice (now Italy) (d. 1580)
  • 1517-01-31 Gioseffo Zarlino, composer
  • 1525-02-03 Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, composer
  • 1527-03-21 Hermann Finck, German composer, born in Pirna (d. 1558)
  • 1527-05-08 Johann Walter, German composer, born in Kahla (d. 1570)
  • 1527-09-21 Matthäus Ludecus, German composer, born in Wilsnach, Prignitz (d. 1606)
  • 1528-10-04 Francisco Guerrero, Spanish composer, born in Seville [exact day of birth unconfirmed] (d. 1599)
  • 1530-08-22 Bartolomeo Spontone, Italian composer and singer, born in Bologna (d. 1592)
  • 1531-08-24 Ercole Bottrigari, Italian composer, born in Bologna (d. 1612)
  • 1532-03-25 Pietro Pontio, Italian composer (Ragionamento di Musica), born in Parma (d. 1596)
  • 1533-04-08 Claudio Merulo, Italian organist and composer, born in Correggio, Italy (d. 1604)
  • 1534-12-15 Lucas Osiander, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1604)
  • 1539-12-20 Paulus Melissus, humanist Neo-Latin writer, translator, and composer, born in Mellrichstadt, Germany (d. 1602)
  • 1540-06-23 Johann Baptista Serranus, composer
  • 1542-02-22 Santino Garsi da Parma, Italian composer (d. 1604)
  • 1543-01-18 Alfonso Ferrabosco, Italian composer who brought madrigal music to England, born in Bologna (d. 1588)
  • 1544-11-27 Ascanio Trombeti, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1590)
  • 1545-01-17 Antonio Pace, Italian composer (d. 1581)
  • 1545-10-19 Giovanale Ancina, Italian priest and composer, born in Fossano, Duchy of Savoy (d. 1604)
  • 1546-04-21 Arcangelo Crivelli, Italian composer, born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 1617)
  • 1546-07-05 Johann Steuerlein, German composer, born in Schmalkalden, Germany (d. 1613)
  • 1547-05-20 Melchior Bischoff, German composer, born in Pößneck, Germany (d. 1614)
  • 1547-06-28 Cristofano Malvezzi, Italian composer, born in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1599)
  • 1549-02-04 Eustache du Caurroy, composer
  • 1549-06-01 Allesandre Spontone, composer
  • 1550-07-31 Jakob Handl [Petelin], Austrian composer/bandmaster
  • 1550-12-06 Orazio Tiberio Vecchi, Italian composer, born in Modena, Italy (d. 1605)
  • 1551-09-13 Pandolfo Zallamella, Italian composer, born in Ravenna, Italy
  • 1554-05-20 Paolo Bellasio, Italian composer, born in Verona (d. 1594)
  • 1555-02-25 Alonso Lobo, Spanish composer (Versa est in luctum), baptized in Osuna, Habsburg Spain (d. 1617)
  • 1555-03-02 Ludovico Spontoni, composer
  • 1556-02-21 Sethus Calvisius, composer
  • 1556-08-10 Philipp Nicolai, German Lutheran pastor, poet, composer and hymnodist, born in Mengeringhausen, Hesse, Germany (d. 1607)
  • 1557-02-15 Alfonso Fontanelli, Italian composer (Ferrara school), born in Reggio nell'Emilia (d. 1622)
  • 1557-09-16 Jacques Mauduit, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1627)
  • 1557-12-07 Girolamo Trombetti, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1628)
  • 1560-01-05 William Cobbold, composer
  • 1560-03-08 Don Carlo Gesualdo, Italian Prince of Venosa and composer, born in Venosa, Italy (d. 1613)
  • 1560-08-10 Hieronymus Praetorius, composer
  • 1561-08-20 Jacopo Peri, Italian composer and singer who wrote the 1st recognized opera "Dafne", born in Rome (d. 1633)
  • 1562-08-27 Hans Leo Hassler, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1612)
  • 1562-12-18 Philipp Dulichius, composer
  • 1563-12-29 Francesco Maria Guaitoli, Italian composer, born in Carpi, Duchy of Modena and Reggio (d. 1628)
  • 1566-01-14 Angelo Notari, Italian composer, born in Padua, Italy (d. 1663)
  • 1566-11-06 Julien Perrichon, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1600)
  • 1566-12-11 Manuel Cardoso, Portuguese composer, born in Fronteira (d. 1650)
  • 1566-12-30 Alessandro Piccinini, Italian lutenist and composer, born in Bologna, The Papal States (d. 1638)
  • 1567-02-12 Thomas Campion, English composer, poet and physician, born in London, England (d. 1620)
  • 1567-04-25 Aurelio Signoretti, Italian composer, born in Reggio Emilia, Italy (d. 1635)
  • 1567-04-26 Nicolas Formé, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1638)
  • 1567-05-15 Claudio Monteverdi, Italian composer and pioneer in development of opera (L'Orfeo, espro della Beata Vergine), baptised in Cremona, Italy (d. 1643)
  • 1567-08-10 Girolamo Giacobbi, composer
  • 1567-12-15 Christoph Demantius, German composer, born in Reichenberg (d. 1643)
  • 1568-04-17 Christophe Thomas Walliser, French composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1648)
  • 1568-09-03 Adriano Banchieri, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1634)
  • 1569-04-03 Giovanni Battista Massarengo, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy
  • 1569-11-16 Paul Sartorius, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1609)
  • 1569-11-27 Ottavio Vernizzi, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Papal State (d. 1649)
  • 1569-12-18 Jakob Hassler, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1622)
  • 1569-12-30 Georg Quitschreiber, German composer, born in Kranichfeld, Electorate of Saxony (d. 1638)
  • 1570-10-21 Wolfgang Schonsleder, composer
  • 1571-08-08 John Ward, English composer, born in Canterbury, England (d. 1638)
  • 1571-09-28 Michael Praetorius [Schultze], German organist and composer (Syntagma; In Dulce Jublio), born in Creuzberg, Saxony (d. 1621) [birthdate approximate]
  • 1572-02-14 Hans Christoph Haiden, German composer, organist and poet
  • 1572-09-15 Erasmus Widmann, German composer, born in Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg (d. 1634)
  • 1572-12-27 Jan Campanus, Czech composer and humanist, born in Vodňany (d. 1622)
  • 1573-01-31 Ambrosius Metzger, composer
  • 1573-02-22 Gemignano Capilupi, composer
  • 1573-12-31 Giulio Cesare Monteverdi, Italian composer (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), born in Italy (d. 1630 or 31)
  • 1574-01-09 Christoph Buel, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1631)
  • 1574-03-07 John Wilbye, English madrigal composer, born in Brome, Suffolk (d. 1638)
  • 1574-07-08 Giovanni Battista Stefanini, composer
  • 1574-10-21 Nicolò Rubini, Italian composer and cornettist, born in Crevalcore (d. 1625)
  • 1574-12-15 Samuel Besler, German-Polish composer, born in Brzeg (d. 1625)
  • 1576-10-25 Thomas Weelkes, English organist and composer of madrigals, baptised in Elstead (d. 1623)
  • 1576-12-03 Marsilio Casentini, Italian composer, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1651)
  • 1577-06-02 Giovanni Righi, Italian composer and friar, born in Fabriano (d. 1539)
  • 1577-06-21 Giovanni Del Turco, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1647)
  • 1578-05-30 Valentin Dretzel, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1658)
  • 1578-12-02 Agostino Agazzari, Italian composer, born in Siena, Italy (d. 1640)

Weddings in Music

  • 1630-01-07 Composer Pier Cavalli marries rich widow Maria Sosomeno

LoveWedding of Interest

1707-10-17 German composer Johann S Bach marries for the 1st time his cousin Maria Barbara Bach

LoveWedding of Interest

1774-10-10 Composer Antonio Salieri (24) weds Therese Helferstorfer

Composer Antonio Salieri
Composer
Antonio Salieri

LoveWedding of Interest

1822-03-16 Italian opera composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioachino Rossini weds 1st wife, opera singer Isabella Colbran, in Bologna

LoveWedding of Interest

1833-10-03 Composer Hector Berlioz (29) marries actress Harriet Smithson (30)

Composer Hector Berlioz
Composer
Hector Berlioz

LoveWedding of Interest

1837-03-28 German composer Felix Mendelssohn (27) marries Cécile Jeanrenaud (20)

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn

LoveWedding of Interest

1840-09-12 Composer Robert Schumann marries Clara Wieck

Composer Robert Schumann
Composer
Robert Schumann

LoveWedding of Interest

1850-07-22 Composer Stephen Foster (24) weds Jane Denny McDowell at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father of American Music
Stephen Foster

LoveWedding of Interest

1869-06-03 French "Carmen" composer Georges Bizet (30) weds Genevieve Halevy (20)

Composer Georges Bizet
Composer
Georges Bizet

LoveWedding of Interest

1870-08-25 German composer Richard Wagner (57) weds Franz Liszt's daughter Cosima Liszt (32) at a Protestant church in Lucerne, Switzerland

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner

LoveWedding of Interest

1877-07-06 Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (37) weds Antonina Miliukova (29) at the Church of Saint George in Moscow, Russia

LoveWedding of Interest

1879-12-30 Composer John Philip Sousa (25) weds Jane van Middlesworth Bellis

LoveWedding of Interest

1895-11-20 Businessman Harvey Firestone (26) weds composer Idabelle Smith (21)

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • 1902-03-09 Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (41) marries Alma Schindler (22) in Vienna, Austria

LoveWedding of Interest

1904-06-14 Ragtime composer Scott Joplin (35) weds Freddie Alexander (19) in Arkansas

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin

LoveWedding of Interest

1906-01-23 Composer Igor Stravinsky (23) weds Yekaterina Nosenko

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky

LoveWedding of Interest

1919-12-19 Composer and songwriter Cole Porter (28) weds socialite Linda Lee Thomas (36)

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter

LoveWedding of Interest

1926-01-04 Composer Irving Berlin (37) weds heiress Ellin Mackay in a simple civil ceremony

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin

LoveWedding of Interest

1932-05-13 Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich marries Nina Varsar

LoveWedding of Interest

1946-07-24 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Howard Hanson (49) weds Margaret Elizabeth Nelson at the Chautauqua Institution in New York

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

LoveWedding of Interest

1964-08-04 Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (35) weds Alice Macleod

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

LoveWedding of Interest

1972-07-24 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (24) weds Sarah Hugill

LoveWedding of Interest

1974-09-14 Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (41) weds actress Peggy Lipton (28) in Los Angeles, California

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • 1984-03-22 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (36) weds singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (23) in Hampshire, England
  • 1991-02-09 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (42) weds equestrian Madeleine Gurdon (28) in Westminster, London
  • 1998-05-03 "Jekyll & Hyde" lead singer Linda Eder (37) weds composer Frank Wildhorn (38) at their new 8-acre estate in North Salem, New York

LoveWedding of Interest

2001-06-03 American writer and actress Tina Fey (31) weds "Saturday Night Live" composer Jeff Richmond (40) in a Greek Orthodox ceremony at The Merion Tribute House, Merion Station, Pennsylvania

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey

LoveWedding of Interest

2003-11-29 Composer and former Oingo Boingo singer Danny Elfman (50) weds actress Bridget Fonda (39) at First Congressional Church in Los Angeles

Composer Danny Elfman
Composer
Danny Elfman
  • 2009-03-22 "The Wonder Years" actress Danica McKellar (36) weds composer Mike Verta (36) at St. James by the Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, California
  • 2009-11-08 "The Practice" actress Marla Sokoloff (29) weds composer Alec Puro (34) at Il Cielo restaurant

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1974-09-13 Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (28) divorces actress Ulla Andersson (41) after 5 years of marriage

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1983-11-14 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (35) divorces Sarah Hugill after more than 11 years of marriage

  • 1990-01-03 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (41) divorces singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (29) after almost 7 years of marriage
  • 2012-06-04 "The Wonder Years" actress Danica McKellar (37) divorces composer Mike Verta (36) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 5,959

  • 1179-09-17 Hildegard of Bingen, German magistra and the first composer whose biography is known, dies at 81
  • 1304-05-23 Jehan de Lescurel, French poet and composer
  • 1361-06-09 Philippe de Vitry, French composer and poet, dies at 69
  • 1397-09-02 Francesco Landini, Italian composer
  • 1445-08-08 Oswald von Wolkenstein, Austrian composer
  • 1453-12-24 John Dunstable, English composer, dies
  • 1460-09-20 Gilles Binchois, Flemish composer
  • 1473-01-24 Conrad Paumann, German blind organist/composer, dies
  • 1474-11-27 Guillaume Dufay, French Flemish composer, dies at about 74
  • 1480-07-06 Antonio Squarcialupi, Italian composer and organist, dies at 64
  • 1492-11-06 Antoine Busnois, French composer known for his chansons, dies at about 62
  • 1497-02-06 John Ockeghem, Flemish singer/composer, dies at 79
  • 1517-03-26 Heinrich Isaac, Flemish composer
  • 1518-08-16 Loyset Compère, French composer
  • 1518-11-20 Pierre de la Rue/Peter van Straten, Flemish composer, dies
  • 1521-08-27 Josquin Des Prez, composer, dies
  • 1521-10-24 Robert Fayrfax, English Renaissance composer (Courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII), dies at 57
  • 1522-06-25 Franchinus Gaffurius, composer, dies at 71
  • 1522-10-30 Jean Mouton, French composer
  • 1528-04-01 Francisco de Peñalosa, Spanish composer
  • 1529-08-30 Juan del Encina, Spanish author and composer, dies at 61
  • 1539-12-20 Johannes Lupi, Flemish composer
  • 1545-04-10 Costanzo Festa, Italian composer
  • 1545-10-18 John Taverner, English composer (Western Wynde), dies at about 55
  • 1548-01-23 Bernardo Pisano, Italian composer, dies at 57
  • 1548-06-14 Carpentras, French composer
  • 1548-08-06 Georg Rhau/Rhaw, German cantor/composer/music publisher, dies
  • 1550-06-13 Johann Spangenberg, German theologist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1552-02-26 Heinrich Faber, German composer
  • 1553-02-04 Caspar Othmayr, composer, dies at 37
  • 1553-10-07 Cristóbal de Morales, Spanish composer, dies at about 53
  • 1556-06-10 Martin Agricola [M Sore], German composer/cantor, dies
  • 1558-12-29 Hermann Finck, German composer, dies at 31
  • 1559-10-02 Jacquet of Mantua, French composer (b. 1483)
  • 1562-12-17 Adrian Willaert, Flemish singer/bandmaster/composer, dies at about 82
  • 1563-03-12 John Bull, English composer, musician and organ builder, credited with composing Britain's national anthem "God Save The King/Queen" (debated), dies at about 68
  • 1563-08-11 Bartolomé de Escobedo, Spanish composer (b. circa 1500)
  • 1564-10-05 Pierre de Manchicourt, Flemish composer
  • 1566-03-26 Antonio de Cabezon, Spanish composer, dies
  • 1567-01-08 Jacob Vaet, Flemish composer/royal chaplain master, dies at about 37
  • 1567-05-03 Leonhard Paminger, composer, dies at 72
  • 1568-10-14 Jacques Arcadelt, Flemish composer
  • 1571-06-07 Francesco Corteccia, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1572-02-23 Pierre Certon, French composer
  • 1572-08-27 Claude Goudimel, French composer
  • 1575-03-15 Annibale Padovano, Italian composer (b. 1527)
  • 1576-01-19 Hans Sachs, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1576-08-15 Baliny Valentin Bakfark, composer, dies
  • 1578-11-08 Johann Walter, composer, dies at 51
  • 1580-01-18 Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of John), dies at 63
  • 1580-04-01 Alonso Mudarra, Spanish composer
  • 1580-11-30 Richard Farrant, English composer
  • 1585-11-23 Thomas Tallis, English composer, dies at 80
  • 1585-11-28 Hernando Franco, Spanish composer (b. 1532)
  • 1588-08-12 Alfonso Ferrabosco, Italian composer who brought madrigal music to England, dies at 45
  • 1590-02-04 Gioseffo Zarlino, composer, dies at 73
  • 1590-09-20 Lodovico Agostini, Italian composer (b. 1534)
  • 1590-09-21 Ascanio Trombeti, Italian composer, dies at 45
  • 1591-01-07 Jacobus de Kerle, French Flemish composer, dies at about 59
  • 1591-07-02 Vincenzo Galilei, Italian composer (b. 1520)
  • 1591-07-18 Jakob Handl [Petelin], Austrian composer and bandmaster, dies at 40
  • 1592-02-29 Alessandro Striggio, Italian composer (b. 1540)
  • 1592-07-01 Marc A Ingegneri, Italian violinist/composer (Responsoria), dies
  • 1594-02-02 Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1594-06-14 Orlandus Lassus, composer (Prophet sybillarum), dies at about 61
  • 1594-07-10 Paulo Bellasio, composer, dies at 40
  • 1596-05-06 Giaches de Wert, Franco-Flemish composer of madrigals, dies at approximately 60
  • 1596-12-27 Pietro Pontio, Italian composer (Ragionamento di Musica), dies at 64
  • 1599-01-22 Cristofano Malvezzi, Italian composer, dies at 51
  • 1599-08-22 Luca Marenzio, Italian composer (b. c. 1553)
  • 1599-11-08 Francisco Guerrero, Spanish composer (b. 1528)
  • 1600-08-15 Johann Baptista Serranus, composer, dies at 60
  • 1601-05-19 Costanzo Porta, Italian composer
  • 1602-02-03 Paul Melissus [Paul Schede], German poet/composer, dies at 62
  • 1602-03-11 Emilio de' Cavalieri, Italian composer
  • 1602-10-01 Hernando de Cabezon, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • 1603-07-04 Philippus the Monte, priest/bandmaster/composer, dies at 82
  • 1604-01-17 Santino Garsi da Parma, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 1604-05-04 Claudio Merulo, Italian organist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1604-08-31 Giovanale Ancina, Italian priest and composer, dies of purported poisoning at 58
  • 1604-09-17 Lucas Osiander, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1605-02-19 Orazio Tiberio Vecchi, Italian composer, dies at 54
  • 1605-09-24 Manuel Mendes, Portuguese composer and teacher of the Renaissance, dies at about 58
  • 1606-11-12 Matthäus Ludecus, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1607-03-11 Giovanni Maria Nanino, Italian composer
  • 1607-09-10 Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Italian composer and organist (b. 1545)
  • 1607-10-26 Philipp Nicolai, German Lutheran pastor, poet, composer and hymnodist, dies at 52
  • 1609-02-28 Paul Sartorius, German composer, dies at 39
  • 1609-05-15 Giovanni Croce, Italian composer (b. 1557)
  • 1609-08-07 Eustache du Caurroy, composer, dies at 60
  • 1609-10-01 Gianmatteo Asola, Italian composer
  • 1611-08-27 Tomés L de Victoria, Spanish composer/singer/organist, dies
  • 1612-06-08 Hans Leo Hassler, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1612-08-12 Giovanni Gabrieli, Italian composer (Madrigali), dies at about 60
  • 1612-09-30 Ercole Bottrigari, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1613-05-05 Johann Steuerlein, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1613-08-09 Giovanni Righi, composer, dies at 36
  • 1613-08-18 Giovanni Artusi, Italian composer
  • 1613-09-08 Don Carlo Gesauldo, composer, dies
  • 1613-10-22 Pomponio Nenna, Italian composer

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