Baroque Music & American History Timeline

By smithlw
  • Jamestown is Founded

    Jamestown, the first permanent settlement in America, is established by the London Company in southeast Virginia.
  • L’Orfeo Premieres

    L’Orfeo, written by Claudio Monteverdi, was one of the first operas ever written, published and performed. The play drew heavily from Greek mythology and musical practices.
  • The Plymouth Colony is Founded

    The Mayflower sails from England and lands in Massachussets, where pilgrims establish the Plymouth Colony.
  • Oldest Surviving Printed Keyboard Music in Portugal

    Manuel Rodrigues Coelho releases his Flores de Musica (Flowers for Music), in Lisbon. This piece is Portugal’s oldest known surviving printed keyboard music.
  • Founding of New York

    The English seize New Amsterdam from the Dutch and rename it New York.
  • Earliest Known German Sonata

    Johann Heinrich Schmelzer releases Sonatae Unarum Fidium, the earliest known German sheet music of a sonata for violin and continuo.
  • The Gregorian Calendar

    Britain and American Colonies switch from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar.
  • Handel’s Eye Operation

    George Frederic Handel undergoes his infamous eye surgery at the hands of the fraud John Taylor, who botches the surgery, eventually leading to Handel’s death.
  • The French and Indian War

    A war fought between Britain and France for control over eastern North America. Britain won the war and furthered the colonial region.
  • Ferdinand Ríes

    Ferdinand Ríes was born this year, who would grow up to be a composer as well as a good friend and peer to Beethoven.
  • Ballet in Oslo

    Ballet is performed for the first time in Oslo by a performer named Madame Stuart
  • The Boston Massacre

    British soldiers open fire on a group of colonial protesters, sparking a violent riot and inciting future conflict.