1583 in music
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- Cornet virtuoso Luigi Zenobi relocates to Ferrara, becoming the most highly paid musician at the Este court.
- Claudio Monteverdi – Madrigali spirituali a quattro voci posti in musica da Claudio Monteverde Cremonese, discepolo del Signor Marc'Antonio Ingegnieri – (book of madrigals)
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- September 13 – Girolamo Frescobaldi, Ferrarese keyboardist and composer (died 1643)
- December 25 – Orlando Gibbons, English composer (died 1625)
- date unknown – Sebastian Westcott, organist of St Paul's Cathedral (born c.1524)