1681 in music
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The year 1681 in music involved some significant events.
- Arcangelo Corelli is employed by the electoral prince of Bavaria.
- Giovanni Legrenzi becomes assistant maestro di cappella at St Mark's, Venice.
- Jean-Baptiste Lully is appointed court secretary to King Louis XIV of France.
- Antonio Stradivari makes the Fleming violin.
Published popular music
- Arcangelo Corelli – Op. 1, 12 trio sonatas
- Andreas Werckmeister – Orgel-Probe (the first appearance of the tuning system known as the Werckmeister temperament)
- March 14 – Georg Philipp Telemann, composer (died 1767)
- September 4 – Carl Heinrich Biber, composer (died 1749)
- September 28 – Johann Mattheson, composer (died 1764)