1716 in music
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The year 1716 in music involved some significant events.
- July 1 – Domenico Zipoli joins the Society of Jesus. Soon afterwards he is sent on a mission to Paraguay.
- Georg Philipp Telemann visits Eisenach, resulting in an appointment as visiting Kapellmeister.
- Antonio Stradivari – completes Le Messie violin (The Messiah Stradivarius)
- Jonathan Swift conceives the idea for the Beggar's Opera.
- Giuseppe Tartini hears Francesco Maria Veracini play the violin, and is inspired.[clarification needed]
- William Babell – The Fourth Book of the Ladys Entertainment
- François Couperin – L'art de toucher le clavecin
- Michel Montéclair – Musette (Les festes de l'été)
- Alessandro Scarlatti – Ombre tacite e sole
- Georg Philipp Telemann – Concerto for 3 Trumpets, 2 Oboes, Timpani and Strings in D major
- Francesco Maria Veracini – Six Overtures (first performed, Venice)
- Antonio Vivaldi – 6 Violin Sonatas, Op. 5
- Domenico Zipoli – Sonate d'intavolatura per organo e cimbalo
- Antonio Maria Bononcini – Sesostri re d'Egitto
- Giuseppe Maria Buini – Armida abbandonata
- Francesco Ciampi – Timocrate
- Johann Christoph Pepusch – Apollo and Daphne
- Antonio Vivaldi – Arsilda Regina di Ponto and La Constanza
- Johann Heinrich Buttstett – Ut, mi, sol, re, fa, la, tota musica et harmonia aeterna
- February 9 – Johann Trier, composer
- March 21 – Josef Seger, composer (died 1782)
- April 12 – Felice Giardini, violinist and composer (d. 1796)
- August 3 – Sebastián Durón, composer (b. 1660)
- September 25 – Johann Christoph Pez, composer (b. 1664)
- October 1 – Giovanni Battista Bassani, composer, violinist and organist (born c. 1650)
- November – Johann Aegidus Bach, organist and uncle of Johann Sebastian (born 1645)
- December 1 – Johann Samuel Drese, composer (b. c. 1644)
- December 6 – Benedictus Buns, Dutch religious composer (b. 1642)
- date unknown – Carlo Giuseppe Testore, double bass maker (born c. 1665)