Year 1777 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 4 Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes his riding school with performances in London, precursor of the circus

Musicians Born in 1777

  • Jan 1 Micah Hawkins, composer
  • Jan 3 Louis Poinsot, French instrument worker
  • Jan 8 Filippo Traetta, Italian-born American composer & music teacher, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1854)
  • Apr 18 Ignac Ruzitska, Austrian composer, born in Bazin, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1833)
  • May 4 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1852)

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Musicians Who Died in 1777

  • Jan 1 Emanuele Barbella, Neapolitan composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 1 Georg Christoph Wagenzeil, Austria (court) composer & pianist, dies at 62
  • Jul 27 William Hayes, English composer and organist, dies at 69
  • Aug 17 Giuseppe Scarlatti, Italian composer, dies at 54
  • Aug 23 Giuseppe Sellitto, Italian opera composer (Nitocri), dies at 77

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