1551 in music
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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in 1551.
- Pope Julius III brings his protégé Palestrina to Rome as maestro di cappella of the Cappella Giulia at St. Peter's Basilica.
- Famous confrontation between Nicola Vicentino and Vicente Lusitano about Greek diatonic, chromatic and enharmonic genera.
- October 8 – Giulio Caccini, Italian composer (died 1618)
- probable – Benedetto Pallavicino, Italian organist and composer (died 1601)
- date unknown – Albert de Rippe, Italian lutenist and composer (born c.1500)