1593 in music
- In 1593 and 1594, Diomedes Cato went with King Sigismund to Sweden, where his fame as a lutenist and composer was large.
- Johann (Johannes) Christoph Demantius, German poet/composer and music theorist, received a degree from the University of Wittenberg.
- Composer William Byrd moved to Essex.
- Peter Philips moves to Amsterdam, and probably meets Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck in this year.
Music composed and published
- Thomas Morley – Canzonets. Or Little Short Songs To Three Voyces
- Franco-Flemish Renaissance master Orlande de Lassus composed The Tears of Saint Peter (1593–1594), dedicated to Pope Clement VIII: it was the final work of Lassus and considered, by some, the absolute summit of the 16th-century Italian madrigal.
- Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina publishes a collection of Offertoria, his last publication.
- April 3 – George Herbert, poet, orator, hymnist (d. 1633)
- September 20 – Gottfried Scheidt, organist and composer (d. 1661)
- date unknown – Claudia Rusca, composer, singer, and organist (d. 1676)
- February – Nicolao Dorati, trombone player and composer (b. 1513)
- date unknown –
- Count Mario Bevilacqua, patron of music and collector of instruments (b. 1536)
- Lodovico Bassano (buried 18 July), London wind player and composer
- Hughes, Augustus; British Museum Dept. (1906). Catalogue of Manuscript Music in the British Museum. London, UK: British Museum. p. 333. Retrieved 2008-02-03.