1700 in music
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The year 1700 in music involved some significant events. Much of the music in the 1700s America originated from places such as England, Ireland, Italy, France, and Africa. Much of the music in this time period were ballads, folk songs, drum signals, and psalms. Many songs were used as theater songs, recruiting songs, military marches, and even some dance music. Around this time was when the piano started becoming more and more popular. Violins, fiddles, and flutes were among the most played and most known instruments. Many of the most famous composers in classical music history have come out of the 18th century time period. These include men such as Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Bach Johann Sebastian. Mozart is considered the "greatest musical genius of all time." In his lifetime he has been a part of forty-one symphonies, twenty-five string quartets, and nineteen masses. This was only a fraction of the work he has done.
- John Eccles is appointed Master of the King's Musick.
- William Croft returns to the Chapel Royal, where he had been educated, as a "gentleman organist".
- William Corbett becomes director of the New Theatre at Lincoln's Inn Fields.
- Johann Sebastian Bach becomes a chorister at St. Michael's Church, Lüneburg.
- Tomaso Albinoni is employed as a violinist by Fernando Carlo, Duke of Mantua.
- An inventory of musical instruments kept by Prince Ferdinando de Medici provides the first evidence for the existence of the pianoforte.
Published popular music
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- Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni: Sinfonie e concerti op. 2
- John Blow: Ode for New Year's Day
- Antonio Caldara: Maddalena ai piedi di Christo
- Choice Collection of Ayres for the Harpsichord or Spinnet by John Blow, Jeremiah Clarke, Francis Piggott, John Barrett and William Croft
- Jeremiah Clarke: Prince of Denmark's March (approximate date)
- Arcangelo Corelli: XII Suonati a violino e violone o cimbalo (Op. 5), published in Rome
- Godfrey Keller: The Royal Trumpett-Suite
- Johann Kuhnau: Musicalische Vorstellung einiger biblischer Historien (Biblical sonatas), published in Leipzig
- Carlo Agostino Badia – La costanza d'Ulisse
- Henry Purcell – Dido and Aeneas
- Alessandro Scarlatti – Eracles
- Jacques Boyvin – Traité abrégé de l'accompagnement
- January 14 – Picander, librettist for Johann Sebastian Bach (died 1764)
- March 13 – Michel Blavet, flautist (died 1768)
- April 2 – Francesca Cuzzoni, opera singer (died 1770)
- January 16 – Antonio Draghi, opera composer (born c.1634)
- February 8 – Filippo Acciaiuoli, opera composer, librettist and manager (born 1637)
- June 6 – Wespazjan Kochowski, historian, poet and wek (born 1633)