1661 in music
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The year 1661 in music involved some significant events.
- April 19 – Maria Cattarina Calegari takes her final vows and becomes a nun at the Benedictine Convent of Santa Margherita in Milan.
- November 4 – Samuel Pepys' diary records a visit to the opera.
- King Louis XIV of France creates the Académie Royale de Danse.
- Jean-Baptiste Lully becomes a French subject.
- First public opera performances in Antwerp, on the stage of the Schouwburgh van de Oude Voetboog.
- Heinrich Schütz – Becker Psalter (revised and enlarged edition)
- Gaspar de Verlit – Missae et motettae nec non quator antiphonae B. Mariae Virginis, vol. 1
- Antonio Bertali – Il Ciro crescente
- Jacopo Melani – Ercole in Tebe
- Antonio Sartorio – Gl'amori infruttuosi di Pirro
- February – Henri Desmarets, composer (died 1741)
- June 6 – Giacomo Antonio Perti, composer (died 1756)
- September 2 – Georg Böhm, organist and composer (died 1733)
- date unknown – Francesco Gasparini, composer (died 1727)