1594 in music
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- Thomas Ravenscroft joins the choir of St Paul's Cathedral, London.
- Alfonso Fontanelli and Carlo Gesualdo visit Venice, Florence, Naples, and Venosa.
- Carlo Gesualdo – Madrigali libro secundo
- Thomas Morley – Madrigalls To Foure Voyces ... The First Booke
- Andreas Raselius – Teutscher Sprüche auss den sontäglichen Evangeliis durchs gantze Jar, first Evangelienmotetten cycle covering the whole year to be written in the German language
- February 5 – Biagio Marini, violinist and composer (d. 1663)
- September 13 – Francesco Manelli, Italian composer and theorbist (died 1667)