Music year 1691

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Further events

Music year 1691
Agostino Steffani
Agostino Steffani's opera Orlando generoso will be premiered in Hanover.
Giovanni Lenzei
Giovanni Lenzeni's Balletti e Correnti a cinque stromenti will be premiered in Venice.


World premieres


Astrée , title page of the libretto
  • The semi-opera King Arthur , or The British Worthy by Henry Purcell, based on the libretto by John Dryden , premieres at the Queen's Theater, Dorset Garden in London.
  • The world premiere of the opera Orlando generoso, a “dramma per musica” in three acts by Agostino Steffani based on the libretto by Ortensio Mauro, takes place in Hanover.
  • Marc'Antonio Ziani
    • Creonto. Libretto: Rinaldo Cialli. Dramma per musica in 3 acts. First performance during the carnival season at the Teatro Sant'Angelo Venice.
    • L'amante eroe. Libretto: Domenico David . Dramma per musica in 3 acts. First performance during the carnival season at the Teatro San Salvatore Venice.
    • La Virtù trionfante dell'Amore e dell'Odio (Gl'amori ministri della fortuna) . Libretto: Francesco Silvani. First performance in autumn 1691 at the Teatro San Salvatore, Venice.

Incidental music

  • Henry Purcell
    • The Gordian Knot Unty'd, Incidental Music Z 597
    • The Indian Emperor or The Conquest of Mexico, Incidental Music Z 598
    • The Knight of Malta , Incidental Music Z 599
    • The Old Bachelor , Incidental Music Z 607
    • The Richmond Heiress or A Woman Once in the Right , Incidental Music Z 608
    • The Wives' Excuse or Cuckolds Make Themselves , Incidental Z

Other works

  • November 28 : The school drama Fastus confusus seu a Juditha proprio ense fusus Holofernes by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber based on the libretto by Vitus Kaltenkrauter is performed for the first time in Salzburg.

Instrumental music

  • Giovanni Lenzei
    • Balletti e Correnti a cinque stromenti, con il basso continuo per il harpsichord. Libro Quinto Postumo, op.16 (published by Giuseppe Sala, Venice)
  • Carl Rosier
    • Pièces choisies à la manière italienne (12 trio sonatas) for 2 flutes or violins and B. c. (Amsterdam) OCLC 842374939

Vocal music

  • Bianca Maria Meda
    • Motetti a 1, 2, 3, e 4 voci, con violini (Monti, Bologna) OCLC 605124950
  • Henry Purcell:
    • Welcome, welcome glorious morn, Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday Z 338, April 30th
    • Let us drink to the blades, Catch Z 259
    • The surrender of Limerick, Catch Z 278
    • Why, my Daphne, why complaining ?, Song Z 525



Date of birth saved

Exact date of birth unknown

Born around 1691


Date of death secured

Jean-Henri d'Anglebert

Exact date of death unknown

See also

Portal: Music  - Overview of Wikipedia content on music

Web links

Commons : Music 1691  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files
Commons : Opera Libretti 1691  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b c Theophil Antonicek, Jennifer Williams Brown: Ziani, Marc'Antonio. In: Grove Music Online. Oxford University Press, 2001, accessed August 20, 2020 .