1603 in music
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The year 1603 in music involved some significant events.
- Orlando Gibbons becomes a member of the Chapel Royal.
- Giovanni Artusi attacks the "crudities" and "licence" in the works of Claudio Monteverdi.
- Sebastian Aguilera de Heredia leaves his post as organist of Huesca Cathedral to become maestro de música at La Seo Cathedral in Saragossa.
- Carlo Gesualdo – Sacrarum cantionum liber primus, 2 vols. (Naples: Costantino Vitale)
- Ascanio Mayone – Il Primo libro di diversi capricci per sonare, keyboard music
- Claudio Monteverdi – Il quatro libro de madrigali a cinque voci di Claudio Monteverdi Maestro della Musica del Ser.mo Sig.r Duca di Mantova (fourth book of madrigals a5), published in Venice
- Tomás Luis de Victoria – Officium Defunctorum, composed for the funeral obsequies of Maria of Austria, Holy Roman Empress, performed on April 22 and 23
- none listed
- March 18 – King John IV of Portugal, composer, patron of music and the arts, and writer on music (died 1656)
- November – Francesco Foggia, composer (died 1688)
- date unknown
- probable – Benedetto Ferrari, composer and theorbo player (died 1681)
- June – Baldassare Donato, composer and singer (born 1525-1530)
- July 4 – Philippe de Monte, Flemish composer (born 1521)
- August 2 – Rinaldo dall'Arpa, composer, singer and harpist
- August 16 – Cardinal Silvio Antoniani, amateur musician (born 1540)
- September 25 – Stefano Felis, Neapolitan composer and music teacher (born c.1538)
- October 23 – Johann Wanning, Dutch-born composer, kapellmeister and alto singer (born 1537)
- date unknown – Ambrosio Cotes, Spanish composer (born c.1550)