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Year 1741 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 14 George Frideric Handel finishes his "Messiah" oratorio after working on it non-stop for 23 days

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 8 Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry, composer
  • Feb 9 Henri-Joseph Rigel, German composer, born in Wertheim am Main, Duchy of Württemberg (d. 1799)
  • Feb 10 Franz Adam Veichtner, German violinist and composer, baptised in Regensburg, Bavaria (d. 1822)
  • Mar 28 Johann Andre, German composer, born in Offenbach, Germany (d. 1799)
  • Apr 17 Johann Gottlieb Naumann, German composer, born in Blasewitz, Dresden, Germany (d. 1801)
  • May 10 Johann Michael Schmidt, composer
  • May 23 Andrea Lucchesi, Italian composer, born in Motta di Livenza, Italy (d. 1801)
  • May 29 Johann Gottfried Krebs, German composer, born in Zwickau, Germany (d. 1814)
  • Jun 22 Luigi Tomasini, Italian composer (head of Prince Esterházy's court orchestra), born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 1808)
  • Jul 27 François-Hippolyte Barthélémon, French composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1808)
  • Aug 15 Thomas Norris, English singer and composer, baptized in Mere, Wiltshire (d. 1790)
  • Aug 31 Johann Paul Aegidius Martini, composer, born in Freystadt, Germany (d. 1816)
  • Sep 25 Vaclav Pichl, Czech composer, born in Bechyně, Czech Republic (d. 1805)
  • Nov 25 Johann Christian Frischmuth, German composer, born in Schwabhausen, Germany (d. 1790)
  • Nov 27 Jean-Pierre Duport, French composer (d. 1818)
  • Dec 8 Maximilien Gardel, French ballet dancer and choreographer (Menuet Reine), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1787)
  • Dec 30 Bartolomeo Giacometti, Italian composer, born in Verona, Republic of Venice (d. 1809)

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 13 Johann Joseph Fux, Austrian composer/music theorist, dies at about 80
  • Jun 22 Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Belgian composer, dies at 38

Person of interestAntonio Vivaldi

Jul 28 Antonio Vivaldi, Italian Baroque composer (The Four Seasons), dies at 63

Violin Virtuoso & Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Virtuoso & Composer
Antonio Vivaldi