On This Day

1685 in Music

Birthdays in Music


Person of interestGeorge Frideric Handel

Feb 23 George Frideric Handel, German-British baroque composer and organist (Messiah, Water Music), born in Halle, Duchy of Magdeburg, Germany (d. 1759)

Person of interestJohann Sebastian Bach

Mar 31 Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (Mattheus-Passion) [OS 21 Mar], born in Eisenach, Germany (d. 1750)

  • Jun 30 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera), born in Barnstaple, England (d. 1732)
  • Aug 1 Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1748)
  • Sep 15 Gottfried Kirkhoff, composer
  • Sep 30 Gunther Jacob Wenceslaus, composer
  • Oct 26 Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer and harpsichordist (La Silvia), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1757)
  • Dec 12 Lodovico Giustini, Italian composer, born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 1743)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 6 Malachias Siebenhaar, composer, dies at 68
  • Jul 23 Pietro Reggio, Italian composer and musician, dies at 53
  • Oct 3 Fidel Molitor, Swiss composer, dies at 58