1589 in music
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- November 30 – Luca Marenzio returns to Rome from Florence.
- The wedding of Duke Ferdinand I of Tuscany is celebrated with six staged intermezzi, featuring music by Emilio de' Cavalieri and Giovanni de' Bardi, which presaged the first operas, and were a formative influence on the Baroque style.
- Tarquinia Molza is dismissed from the court of Duchess Margherita Gonzaga d'Este because of her affair with the composer Giaches de Wert.
- William Byrd
- Cantiones Sacrae, Book 1
- Songs of Sundrie Natures
- Giovanni Tommaso Benedictis da Pascarola - Primo libro de madrigali
- Salamone Rossi – a collection of 19 canzonette
- Giulio Caccini – Io che dal ciel cader farei la luna
- bap. July 2 – Guilielmus Messaus, Flemish composer (d. 1640)
- date unknown – Giovanni Battista Fontana, violinist and composer (d. 1630)