1674 in music
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The year 1674 in music involved some significant events.
- April – Thomas Shadwell produces a revision of the Dryden/Davenant version of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Furnished with music by John Bannister, Giovanni Battista Draghi, Pelham Humfrey, Pietro Reggio, and Matthew Locke, it became a great popular success.
- September 29 – Nicholas Staggins is appointed Master of the Kings Music
- Johann Aegidius Bach is appointed organist at the Kaufmannskirche in Erfurt
- John Blow is appointed Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal
- Johannes Voorhout paints the only known portrait of Dieterich Buxtehude.
- Giovanni Paolo Colonna becomes chapelmaster at Bologna.
- Ariane, ou Le Mariage de Bacchus, by Robert Cambert, is one of the first French operas to be sung in Britain.
Published popular music
- Dieterich Buxtehude
- Francesco Corbetta – La Guitarre Royalle
- Bishop Thomas Ken – "Morning Hymn" (based upon Psalm 108.2)
- Pavel Josef Vejvanovský – Sonata Natalis (composed for the Christmas season)
- Jean-Baptiste Lully – Alceste
- January 9 – Reinhard Keiser, opera composer (died 1739)
- July 11 – Isaac Watts, the "father of English hymnody" (died 1748)
- September 29 – Jacques-Martin Hotteterre, composer (died 1763)
- November – Pierre Dumage, organist and composer (died 1751)
- probable – Jeremiah Clarke, composer (died 1707)
- January 12 – Giacomo Carissimi, composer (born 1605)
- February 22 – John Wilson, theatre composer (born 1595)
- February 24 – Matthias Weckmann, composer (born c.1616)
- July 14 – Pelham Humfrey, English composer and singer (born 1647)
- date unknown – Francisco Lopez Capillas, composer and chapelmaster of Mexico Cathedral (born 1608)