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Year Event
1726 Michel de Lalande, French composer and organist, dies
1726 Charles Burney, English music historian, born
1726 Handel becomes British subject
1726 La Camargo, French ballerina makes debut at Paris Opera
1726 Rameau: "Nouveau systeme de musique theorique"
1727 Francesco Gasparini, Italian composer, dies
1728 John Gay: "Beggar's Opera"
1728 Nicola Piccini, Italian composer, born
1729 J.S. Bach "St. Matthew Passion"
1730 J.A. Hasse: "Artaserse," German opera in Italian style
1731 Lodovico Giustini: "Sonate da Cimbalo di piano e forte," probably first compositions for the modern piano
1731 J.A. Hasse becomes Kapellmeister at the Dresden Opera, his wife Faustina Bordoni its prima donna
1731 Public concerts held at Boston, MA and Charleston, SC
1732 Academie of Ancient Music founded in London
1732 Covent Garden Opera House opens, London
1732 Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrain composer, born
1732 J.G. Walther: Musik-Lexikon, first of its kind
1733 Francois Couperin, French composer, dies
1733 J.S. Bach: short version of the Mass in B minor
1733 Couperin dies
1733 Pergolesi: "La Serva padrona, " opera buffa, Naples- once called the oldest opera in the standard repretoire
1733 Rameau: " Hippolyte et aricie," opera, Paris
1734 Handel: 6 concerti grossi, Op3
1734 Handel: "Alcina," opera (Covent Garden, London)
1734 Imperial ballet school at St. Petersburg
1734 Rameau: " Les Indes galantes," ballet opera
1735 Ballad opera "Flora," first musical theater in America, Charleston, SC
1736 Johann Christian Bach, Bach youngest son, born
1736 Handel: "Alexander's Feast," London, Covent Garden
1736 Pergolesi: "Stabat Mater"
1736 Pergolesi dies
1737 William Boys conducts Three Choirs Festivals
1737 Handel: "Berenice," opera, Covent Garden, London
1737 Rameau: "Castor et Pollux," opera
1737 Antonio Stradivari dies
1738 J.S. Bach completes Mass in B minor in full version
1739 Reinhard Keiser, German composer, dies
1739 Handel: oratorios "Saul" and "Israel in Eygpt" first performed (King's Theatre, London)
1739 Johann Mattheson: "Der vollkommene Kapellmeister," treatise on conducting
1739 Rameau: "Dardanus," opera
1739 Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Austrian composer, born
1740 Thomas Augustine Arne: "Alfred," masque containing "Rule Britannia" (London)
1740 Haydn enters the court chapel, Vienna, as a choirboy
1740 Domenico Scarlatti visits London and Dublin
1740 J. A. Scheibe "Der critische Musicus," against Bach
1740 German organ builder John Snetzler establishes himself in England
1741 Johann Joseph Fux, Austrian musician, dies
1741 Gluck: "Artaserse," his first opera, Milan
1741 Andre Gretry, French composer, born
1741 Handel writes "The Messiah" oratorio in 18 days
1741 Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer, born
1741 Johann Joachim Quantz becomes court composer to Frederick the Great
1741 Rameau: "Pieces de clavecin en concert' published
1741 Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer, dies
1742 Karl Heinrich Graun introduces Italian opera in Berlin
1742 Handel's "Messiah" first performed in Dublin
1743 Francesco Stradivari, Italian violin maker, dies
1743 Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer, born
1743 Handel: "Samson," Covent Garden, London
1744 J.S. Bach: "Das wohltemperierte Klavier" part 2
1744 Gluck: "Iphigenie en Aulide," opera, Paris
1744 "God Save the Queen" published in Thesaurus Musicus
1744 Madrigal Society, London, founded
1745 "The Campbells are coming" Scottish national song published
1745 Charles Dibdin, English composer and singer, born
1745 Johann Stamitz becomes court Kapellmeister in Mannheim
1747 J.S. Bach: "Das Musikalische Opfer"
1747 Handel: "Judas Maccabaeus," oratorio, Covent Garden, London
1747 Rousseau: "Les Muses galantes, " opera
1748 Bach: "Die Kunst der Fuge"
1748 Holywell Music Room, Oxford, opened (still in use)
1749 Domenico Cimarosa, Italian composer, born
1749 Handel: "Music for the Royal Fireworks"
1749 Georg "Abbe" Volger, German music teacher, born
1750 J. S. Bach dies
1750 Johann Breitkopf, Leipzig music publisher, uses movable type for printing music
1750 Pergolesi: "La Serva padrona," opera buffa, first performed in London
1750 Antonio Salieri, Italian composer, born
1750 "The Beggar's Opera" performed for the first time in New York
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